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Bullet proof encryption    Affordable    FIPS 140-2 certified Crypto Module

Product Introduction

Have you been looking for a simple and affordable solution to secure the sensitvie data storage in your external hard drive?  The Addonics CipherChain-e products is the answer.  Designed using the same field proven in both the Addonics Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher AES 256-bit crypto engine (NIST & CSE certified), the Addonics CipherChain-e is a small encryption module, the size of a compact flash, that can be easily installed into any desktop PC, server, rack mounted system, kiosk equipment. 

Easy to install
The CipherChain-e is a simple pass through device that works with any eSATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), or storage device with eSATA interface. The host SATA port (blue SATA connector) on the CipherChain-e is connected to the SATA port on the system board or a SATA controller inside the system. eSATA hard drive to be encrypted is then connected to the eSATA port on the CipherChain-e. Addonics provides various models of the CipherChain-e kit with different mounting brackets for installing into a 3.5" floppy bay, a slim optical drive bay or a PCI slot.

CipherChain-e module

CipherChain-e can be purchased a kit with different mounting bracket

CipherChain-e on 3.5" drive bay bracket


CipherChain-e on PCI bracket

CipherChain-e installed into 3.5" drive bay of a Desktop PC

Click on the images on the left to see detail of the various eSATA storage devices


Simple to use
Similar to all other Addonics encryption products, the CipherChain-e is pure hardware solution, meaning there is no software to run, no driver to install, and no password to remember.  There is very little user training required to use the CipherChain products. All the user needs to do is to insert the correct Cipher key into the CipherChain-e before attaching the eSATA hard drive to the eSATA port on the CipherChain-e. It can be operated under any Operating System and this makes the the CipherChain-e an ideal security solution for organizations with heterogeneous computing environments and legacy systems. You can also add the same CipherChain-e solution to Notebook computer system via the CipherChain ExpressCard. The Cipher key is fully compatible with Addonics CipherChain, CipherChain ExpressCard, Diamond Cipher and Ruby Cipher product.

CipherChain-e are full disk encryption solutions, meaning that the boot sector, partition table, and all the information in the drive are encrypted.  If the CipherChain encrypted drive is ever stolen and connected to another system, the drive will appear as a brand new drive with no trace of any data.

The AES 256-bit encryption provided by the CipherChain-e is considered at the highest level of encryption standard; that is, secure enough to protect classified information designated as “Top Secret”.  Customers can raise the security level to a more complex level by simply daisy chaining two or more CipherChains to the CipherChain-e; there is no limit as to the number of CipherChains that can be linked together in this set-up.  The daisy chaining of two or more CipherChains will raise security to another level when a different person controls each Cipher key.  It is impossible to penetrate even the encryption of a single CipherChain.

Daisychain example with one CipherChain-e and multiple CipherChains


The CipherChain-e encrypts and decrypts data instantly using a NIST & CSE certified cryptographic AES engine.  Unlike software encryption products that depend on the system CPU to encrypt and decrypt the data, the CipherChain has no impact on CPU utilization.  This allows the system CPU to perform its computing tasks at normal speeds.  There is also no measurable impact on the performance of the hard drive; therefore, there is no noticeable performance difference between a system equipped with or without the CipherChain.

Cipher key
The AES 256-bit Cipher key used for the encryption/decryption in the CipherChain is the same Cipher key used in the Addonics CipherChain, CipherChain ExpressCard, Diamond Cipher drive kit and Ruby Cipher drive kit.  As a result, the same encryption key can operate the storage device that has been encrypted by either the CipherChain, Diamond Cipher, or Ruby Cipher drive kit. Customers may also order Cipher keys with the same key codes when ordering multiple CipherChain kits or Cipher keys.  The Cipher keys can also be reprogrammed with other codes by using the optional key management system or by sending the keys to Addonics for the reprogramming service (at no charge).

There is no back door for the CipherChain encrypted hard drive if the Cipher key is lost or stolen.
To ensure there is a spare key, every CipherChain kit comes with one pair of Cipher keys. One of these keys should be kept in a safe, secure location and, if needed, can be sent back to Addonics for duplicating additional keys.  If one of the two keys is lost, be sure to make a back up of all the data stored inside the encrypted hard drive prior to sending the sole key to Addonics.  Addonics is not responsible for keys lost in the mail or the retrieval of the data inside the encrypted hard drive.

Product Reviews

"Addonics Technologies has rolled out CipherChain, an AES 256-bit hardware full disk encryption system for personal computers, servers, rack mounted systems, data storage and any computing equipment."

help net security website 12/9/2009
"There are an incredible number of similar solutions out there for hard drive encryption, software and hardware, but Addonics is by far one of the easiest, and even if you barely know your way around the inside of a PC, you should be able to install this without issue."

*A Certification Mark of NIST, which does not imply product endorsement by NIST, the U.S. or Canadian Governments.

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