SAS 70

Aug 20 2008   4:26AM GMT

Is pre-boot authentication required? SAS70

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT

SAS 70 audits review the authentication procedures required to access computer equipment, including the pre-boot authentication (PBA) procedure.  If pre-boot authentication is not required, then the risks of gaining access to your Company data is very high.

What is PBA? Pre-boot authentication is a process that requires a user to authenticate to the operating system prior to loading of the application software. The user must enter his credentials – a username and password before the system load begins. Once authenticated, then Windows or Linux operating system is loaded. If the correct user name and password are not entered, the pre-boot authentication process will not load the operating system and the computer will lock down.

Pre-boot authentication prevents a criminal hacker from gaining access to your data by not loading the operating system. Since the bypass tools load after the operating system, then a hacker want get a chance to try to gain entry or use the Windows XP or Vista emergency disks.

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