Built for defence: The Toughbook 40 gets viasat encrypted solid state drive

3 May 2023

The ideal device for the Defence Sector and Emergency Services just got even better.

Panasonic announced today the world’s premier rugged notebook for the Defence industry can now be equipped with the Eclypt® Core Encrypted Internal Solid State Drive from global communications company, Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), making the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 40 unrivalled in its capabilities for the military, border control and emergency services. Available in May 2023, the TOUGHBOOK 40 notebook with solid state self-encrypting hard drive is certified for use in the UK for securing Top Secret information and all security levels below, as well as certified for use by NATO and other European countries.

“This is the next step in extending our partnership with Viasat to offer the highest-level security drives across the TOUGHBOOK range,” said Jon Tucker, General Manager Engineering, Product & Mobility Solutions, at Panasonic Mobile Solutions Business Division. “With the current geopolitical tensions across Europe and beyond, the demand for this type of highly secure, rugged and modular flexible device is growing every day.”

The ultimate 14-inch rugged notebook, is designed for Defence, including operational use on foot and in vehicle, as well as for vehicle diagnostics, maintenance and for training. For Police and border control, the device is ideal for operational service, such as routing, numberplate or suspect identification. Taking rugged computing to another level, the modular design allows mobile workers to modify the device quickly and easily for different challenges by equipping 7 expansion areas.

The powerful new all black model is built for use in the most extreme conditions, with military-grade security and communications capabilities to support mission critical operations. The Windows 11 Secured-core PC is equipped with an Intel® Core™ i5-1145G7 vPro® processor (Intel® Core™ i7 vPro® processor optional), 16GB RAM (up to 64GB optional), and a quick release 512GB NVMe OPAL SSD as standard (up to 2TB optional). It is now also certified for use with quick release NATO approved VIASAT self-encrypting secure drives, as well as MIL connectors and docking stations. To immediately switch off light and electronic transmissions when on operations, it also has a one touch Concealed Mode function.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Panasonic and integrate Viasat encryption into the TOUGHBOOK 40 to offer defence users next-generation rugged and highly secure devices,” said Hisham Awad, managing director of Viasat UK. “Designed and manufactured in the UK, Viasat’s Eclypt secure data-at-rest technology combines sophisticated authentication, entire-disk encryption and data storage into a tamper-evident internal or portable hardware. In the event of device theft, loss, or attack, the solid state drive helps ensure the data is protected and secure once powered off. We look forward to continue bringing forward advanced data-at-rest solutions to help defence users protect their most sensitive data.”

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