To effectively secure digital data, it should be encrypted so that it is accessible only for authorized users. BitLocker is a native encryption tool available on certain Windows operating systems. For individual users, it can be manually enabled. However, for an organization with a vast number of machines, BitLocker management software is crucial. Desktop Central's BitLocker management add-on enables IT admins to easily configure BitLocker encryption settings, and effectively monitor the drive encryption statuses of all managed systems across the network.
By utilizing Desktop Central's BitLocker management add-on, IT admins can achieve the following:
Periodic scans are automatically initiated by Desktop 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.
Desktop 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. Desktop Central's BitLocker add-on 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.
BitLocker encryption and TPM work best with other protection and authentication methods, such as passphrase. While creating a policy using Desktop 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.
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 Desktop 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 encryption is a built-in security feature of Windows operating systems that supports full disk encryption. By default, the feature uses cryptographic keys to encrypt the data of select drives so that unauthorized users cannot read it. Only when the correct password is entered and/or TPM details match, can the contents be viewed in its original form.
Computers within an organization often harbor confidential information. It is crucial to encrypt sensitive content within these computers so it is readable by only select, trusted personnel. Otherwise, if any vital data is compromised due to new vulnerabilities or the negligent actions of users, it could be exploited. If the data is encrypted, the efforts of malicious actors to steal usable data is more difficult, and they are often dissuaded from initiating a cyberattack.
BitLocker encryption provides enhanced security for data throughout its lifecycle, which starts with the creation and storing of the data, and continues through its deletion or disposal. All phases are susceptible to attack; maintaining drive encryption prevents important data from being accidentally disclosed or stolen.
If unauthorized changes are made to the data, because the content is encoded, those revisions will be made apparent, and immediate measures can be implemented to safeguard it.
It is vital to abide by legal stipulations for archiving and transferring data. Data encryption is paramount in data protection policies, including FISMA, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS.
BitLocker management solutions help IT admins safeguard their network by monitoring and managing the BitLocker encryption process for each endpoint in the network from a single console.
The process of manually enabling or disabling BitLocker encryption for each computer, and consistently checking the progress of the encryption for each drive can be tedious and time-consuming for IT admins. However, with BitLocker management software, IT admins gain enhanced visibility and control so they can successfully encrypt and secure all the computers in their network.