To effectively secure digital data, it should be encrypted so that it is accessible only by authorized users. BitLocker is a native encryption tool available on certain Windows operating systems. Encrypting Windows machines can be easily done for individual users. On the contrary, encrypting a vast of machines in accordance to the organization's policies becomes exacting. Endpoint Central enables IT admins to manage BitLocker encryption in Windows machines, and effectively monitor the drive encryption statuses of all managed Windows systems across the network. Bitlocker enterprise is an effective manner to manage the encryption of Windows devices seamlessly.
This document will explain you about the key features and pre-requisites of BitLocker:
Periodic scans are automatically initiated by Endpoint Central. Once a scan is completed, a comprehensive report of the BitLocker drives encryption settings are applied on each computer. The main details of the BitLocker reports are reflected in the dashboard through various illustrations that provide for easy analysis. With this advanced reports and data, IT admins can strategize how to manage bitlocker encryption in their network.
Endpoint Central also scans each endpoint to check for the availability and subsequent status of the TPM. A TPM is a chip inserted on the motherboard of some computer by its manufacturer. While BitLocker encryption provides software level protection, TPM provides hardware-level protection. After a scan, a detailed report on the TPM status for each computer is made available to the IT admin.
On managed computers with BitLocker components enabled, both encryption and decryption policies can be easily constructed, deployed and modified. Endpoint Central's BitLocker is equipped with granular settings so the IT admin can implement policies that satisfy both user requirements, and the cybersecurity standards of the organization. IT admins can choose to enable full space encryption, the recommended option for optimal security. Alternatively, to save time, they can choose to encrypt only the OS drive, and/or only the used disk space.
This bitlocker management software conjoints the drive encryption and TPM to work with other protection and authentication methods, such as passphrase for better integrity. While creating a policy using Endpoint Central, the IT admin can also choose to incorporate password protection along with TPM as an added layer of security. If the computer does not have TPM, BitLocker encryption can still be implemented, but instead of TPM, a passphrase protection scheme can be enforced.
Bitlocker management recovery key is used to authenticate the encryption. Once the encryption is completed, a recovery key will be generated by BitLocker which can be utilized in the instances when a user forgets their password. It can also come in handy when a malfunction causes the hardware on a computer to become corrupted. If the hard disk of that computer can be salvaged, the IT admin can insert the disk into another computer, and enter the recovery key to access its contents. In Endpoint Central, IT admins can configure settings during policy creation so that recovery keys can be automatically renewed after a specified number of days. The existing recovery keys will be silently replaced by new recovery keys, and the IT admin can also choose to automatically have these recovery keys updated in the domain controller.
BitLocker is supported in the following OS versions
BitLocker needs to be enabled in Server OS to encrypt the machine and to use BitLocker Recovery key storing. Follow the steps below to enable BitLocker in Server OS
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