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February 12, 2014

Technology Breakthrough Cuts Industry’s Data Recovery Time on Encrypted Hard Drives from Days to Hours

Kroll Ontrack’s “decryption-on-the-fly” technology speeds up data recovery time by taking a targeted approach to recovering encrypted hard drive data

MINNEAPOLISSoftware engineers at data recovery leader Kroll Ontrack have developed a new technology that can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to recover encrypted hard drives with a logical or physical failure – a key development in light of the growing number of cyber threats that are driving the adoption of encrypted drives. The company’s new automated decryption technology allows engineers to target only areas of the hard drive that have been used while also automating the decryption process – improving the typical industry recovery turn time dramatically.

A typical recovery project involving an encrypted drive can take up to five days to complete using traditional solutions. CA Technologies estimates IT downtime costs North American companies $26.5 billion per year, at an average cost of $42,000 per hour according to Gartner, Inc. 

“Simply put, the longer a company is without its data, the more money it loses,” said Jeff Pederson, manager of data recovery operations, Kroll Ontrack. “We know our new ‘decryption-on-the-fly’ technology represents a true breakthrough for the data recovery industry because it can make a significant impact on a company’s ability to rebound from an IT outage or other potentially catastrophic events with minimal damage to the business.”

As with all encrypted drives, Kroll Ontrack works with customers to securely procure their network credentials. The technology then uses proprietary imaging software to target areas of the drive with user data rather than imaging the entire drive. It then uses automation technology to decrypt those areas, allowing Kroll Ontrack to begin the recovery process earlier and complete it faster. This entire process can cut turnaround time from days to hours. 

The number of encrypted hard drives in use has steadily risen alongside an increase in cyber security threats that can expose critical personal and business information. Kroll Ontrack, for example, has seen the amount of recovery projects that involve encrypted hard drives more than double since 2009.

For more information on encrypted hard drive recovery, visit http://www.krollontrack.com/data-recovery/data-recovery-process/encrypted-data.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyze, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com or follow @KrollOntrack on Twitter.