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.
A simplified design and centralized management enables IT admins to quickly create and deploy detailed BitLocker and TPM management policies. Once the policies are applied, the BitLocker management process will be fully automated for utmost efficiency and accuracy. Other related tasks such as finding and delegating recovery keys can also be done within the console itself for maximum convenience and all activities concerning BitLocker management security will be audited and presented in the form of detailed reports for in-depth analysis and to gain actionable insights.
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