Patent Number: 6,396,400

Title: Security system and enclosure to protect data contained therein

Abstract: A security system includes a data storage device in which data or otherinformation to be protected is stored. The data storage device, controllogic, and other components are contained in a sealed first inner housing.The data storage device stores the data to be protected. The first innerhousing is contained within a sealed second inner housing by a pluralityof support structures which create an interstitial volume surrounding thefirst inner enclosure. Both inner housings are contained within an outerhousing. A vacuum is created in the interstitial volume between the twoinner housings. Both inner housings are sealed thereby precluding air fromentering the interstitial volume and defeating the vacuum. One or morepressure sensors monitor the vacuum pressure. If an attempt is made toaccess the first inner housing, by drilling through the second innerhousing or otherwise defeating the second inner housing's seal, thepressure of the interstitial volume will change. Logic coupled to thepressure sensor detects the change in pressure, determines that a securitybreach has occurred or is occurring and initiates a response to secure thedata from theft or tampering. The security response includes erasing theprotected data or destroying the data storage device itself prevent accessto the data.

Inventors: Epstein, III; Edwin A. (Houston, TX), Souvannavong; Souk (Houston, TX), Lu; Chia-Sheng (Las Vegas, NV)


International Classification: G08B 13/16 (20060101); G06F 21/00 (20060101); G08B 13/02 (20060101); G08B 13/06 (20060101); G08B 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 05/28/2014