Phison and Cigent offer advanced cybersecurity protection in storage controllers and firmware

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phison Electronics Corp. (TPEX: 8299), a global leader in NAND flash and storage solutions, and Cigent® Technology, Inc., the leader in embedded cybersecurity technology, today announced an innovative partnership program called Cigent Secure SSD™ Ready . This strategic partnership integrates select Phison storage devices and controllers with Cigent’s built-in cybersecurity enhancements – features that Phison storage partners can easily enable and optionally resell to their global partners and customers.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our exclusive partnership with Cigent to equip select Phison products with the most secure storage solution on the market,” said Sebastien Jean, CTO, Phison. “Phison OEM partners and PC OEMs now have a turnkey solution that delivers unmatched storage-based data security across the entire storage/PC ecosystem supply chain. ”

Existing software security solutions are ineffective at protecting data on endpoints or removable media. Sophisticated adversaries often launch enterprise-wide attacks on a single endpoint, bypassing or disabling software protections. A Ponemon Institute study found that 68% of organizations have experienced an endpoint attack that successfully compromises data or IT infrastructure. The same report found that endpoint-initiated attacks increased nearly 70% year-over-year.

“Our alliance with Phison makes it easy for Phison storage partners to deliver next-generation data security to customers who need enhanced endpoint data protection to defend sensitive information against increasingly sophisticated threats. today,” said John Benkert, CEO of Cigent Technology, Inc..

Phison and Cigent have worked closely to embed security protections directly into the storage device, protecting it against all known attacks. Cigent Secure SSD Ready firmware core features include:

  • Making secure parts of a drive unreadable and therefore invisible at the sector level.

  • Keys derived from user-provided credentials use the maximum length allowed and are never stored in their final form.

  • Keep-Alive Heartbeat detects if security software is disabled and automatically hides data.

  • Secure Data Access logs are stored in firmware and cannot be modified or erased.

  • True Erase™ data destruction verification ensures complete data erasure.

  • Dual mode provides two separate drives on a single SSD with the ability for independent operating systems to be completely invisible to each other at the BIOS level – creating a secret and secure drive that adversaries cannot access or even know it exists.

  • Cigent’s cloud-based management console enables enterprise-wide data security, zero-trust data security controls, and integration with existing security solutions.

“Kanguru is a leading provider of secure storage solutions. We are excited to leverage the Cigent Secure SSD Ready program to enable our customers to leverage the combined protection of the Kanguru and Cigent technology suites to protect their data against all attacks,” said Nate Cote, EVP, Kanguru.

About Cigent

Cigent® protects your most valuable asset – your data – with Cigent Secure™ SSDs that prevent hackers from physically or remotely accessing a device and zero-trust access controls that protect individual files wherever they go . Funded by In-Q-Tel™ and founded by experts in storage, data forensics and cybersecurity to develop a new standard in data protection. For more information, visit

About Philo

Phison Electronics Corp. (TPEX: 8299) is a global leader in NAND Flash controller ICs and storage solutions. We provide a variety of services ranging from controller design, system integration, IP licensing to total turnkey solutions, covering applications on SSD (PCIe/SATA/PATA), eMMC, UFS, SD interfaces. and USB, reaching consumer, industrial and enterprise markets. As an active member of industry associations, Phison is a board member of SDA, ONFI, UFSA and contributor for JEDEC, PCI-SIG, MIPI, NVMe and IEEE-SA.

To learn more about Phison, please visit the Phison website and read our blog.

About Kanguru

Kanguru is a global leader in the manufacture of high-security data storage products, providing a wide range of FIPS 140-2 certified and AES 256-bit encrypted Defender® Secure SSDs, Flash Drives and Hard Drives. Additionally, Kanguru provides a fully integrated remote management security platform to help organizations manage their secure Defender devices and enforce their security policies anywhere in the world with Kanguru Remote Management Console™ (KRMC™). As a TAA-compliant manufacturer with convenient features such as built-in antivirus, secure firmware, physical write-protect switch and more, Kanguru stands out as a global leader in portable data security. For more information about Kanguru, please visit