BitLocker and Business versions of Windows

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BitLocker drive encryption is intriguing and important, but it's available only in Vista and Win 7 Ultimate and Corporate editions. Since these are the most expensive versions of the OS, most smaller companies use the Business version of Windows--what are some encryption options for them? As a reader put it: "If MS was really sincere about helping it's customers secure their PC's those features would be moved down to the Business version, or even the Home Premium version. Yes, there would probably be significant issues with untrained people losing passwords, but for those who take the time to learn the needed precautions it would be worthwhile."

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This is why I’ve always been a fan of PGP Whole Disk Encryption. There’s also TrueCrypt. Just know that encryption in and of itself may not be enough – especially for larger environments. This is where solutions offered up by companies such as Credant can come into play and ensure everything’s done properly.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    I like to compare this to something I've learned racing cars: if you don't have the right safety gear, you shouldn't go racing. The same applies to businesses and sensitive information: if you don't have the right security controls, you shouldn't be using/doing whatever is creating the risks.

    I was not a fan of BitLocker early on but have since grown to see its place in SMBs and even certain enterprise environments. I've written several pieces for TechTarget about BitLocker dos and dont's that can be linked to here.

    In the end, what's a breach worth to you? I'm guessing it'll cost your business much more than the proper version of Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 that includes BitLocker....or another full disk encryption technology such as PGP/Symantec Endpoint Security or WinMagic. You see, when you encrypt, in most situations you have "Safe Harbor" protection IF you can prove that the system/information was encrypted at the time of loss/theft/breach.
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