07155616 is referenced by 135 patents and cites 42 patents.

A computer network is disclosed comprising a plurality of interconnected network devices including a plurality of client computers, an authentication server computer operated by a system administrator, and a disk drive connected to the authentication server computer. The disk drive comprises an interface for receiving the personal authentication data and user access data from the system administrator, a disk for storing data, and a disk controller for controlling access to the disk. An authenticator within the disk drive, responsive to the personal authentication data, enables the disk controller, and cryptographic circuitry encrypts the user access data received from the system administrator into encrypted data stored on the disk.

Title
Computer network comprising network authentication facilities implemented in a disk drive
Application Number
9/630069
Publication Number
7155616 (B1)
Application Date
July 31, 2000
Publication Date
December 26, 2006
Inventor
Christopher L Hamlin
Los Gatos
CA, US
Agent
Howard H Sheerin Esq
Assignee
Western Digital Ventures
CA, US
IPC
H04L 9/32
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