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Tech Giant Seagate Begins Blockchain Pilot Program to Track Fake Hard Drives

American tech company Seagate has begun the initial stage of its blockchain-powered project designed exclusively to fight the proliferation of fake hard disk drives (HDD). 

A Forbes report revealed that the pilot program is part of an initiative rolled out last November by two major companies – IBM and Seagate. 

Authentication of HDDs

The project plans to assist manufacturers, their business partners, and integrators in enhancing the authentication of HDDs by utilizing the IBM Blockchain Platform. 

According to Manuel Offenberg, data security technologist of Seagate’s research team, the pilot program will see IBM working as both the customer for these hard drives and as the tech provider for the fundamental Hyperledger Fabric system. 

Seagate’s blockchain was created to upgrade the supply chain of HDDs and trail the products to the clients and back to the manufacturer in case of a return. 

Seagate’s project will also guarantee that defective HDDs that were returned contained none of the client’s personal data. 

Certified Erase

Offenberg stated that the company has a solution they call “certified erase” for such situations. He added that the company wants to ensure the drives have no Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on them. 

He explained that when a drive is exposed to a client’s system and they can prove they were able to erase the data cryptographically, their reverse supply chain can handle the device differently from a risk perspective. 

Offenberg also revealed that Seagate has plans to extend its network of partners in their reverse supply chain. 

The pilot project between IBM and Seagate has a lot of potential, especially as market research firm Allied Market Research discovered that the worldwide blockchain-based supply chain market could hit $9 billion by the time 2025 rolls around. 

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