in

This Blog

Syndication

Tags

News

AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Archives

AlertBoot Endpoint Security

AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Entire Hard Drive Encryption Is Just One Facet Of Computer Security

So, your company has finally decided to use full disk encryption software like AlertBoot, a centrally managed encryption software suite, to encrypt entire hard drives found on computers.  But are you set, in terms of data security?

The answer will always be "no," since security is a continuous process.  However, there are certain facets of data security that you must cover in order to ensure that data security breach risks are lowered significantly.

Encryption: Protecting Data At Rest

Hard disk encryption is probably one of the best ways of ensuring your data remains secure if a computer gets stolen or lost.  Let's face it: sometimes you have to carry around that computer or external hard drive that contains loads of sensitive data.

Since no one can predict when something will go missing, the smart thing to do is to have data protection in place before the theft occurs (if it occurs) that will protect everything on that computer.  Such is the purpose of full disk encryption.

However, full disk encryption does not protect you from e-mailing a sensitive file to the wrong person.  If you'd like to find out how they differ, follow this link that explains the difference.  Just scroll down to the appropriate section.

Encryption: Protecting Data Not At Rest

Where full disk encryption finds its shortcomings, file encryption can pick up the slack.  Since individual files are protected, it doesn't matter that you've e-mailed the file by mistake…as long as you don't supply the unique username and password for accessing the contents of the file in the e-mail as well (advice: never do this.  It defeats the purpose of encryption).

Technically, it's also a solution for protecting data at rest, since an encrypted file remains encrypted until decrypted.  However, it's not an ideal solution, since the user defines what needs protection.  Remember, people are usually the weakest link in information security.

Port Control: Those USB Sticks Are Data Breach Time Bombs Waiting To Explode

So let's say that your computer is not hooked up to a network.  And the computer is also stored in a room where the only way to access it is to pass an armed guard and unlock a door with biometric identification.  Your data's safe, right?

Not quite.  The multipurpose, omnipresent USB port can easily defeat all your fancy and costly security solutions in place.  An employee, with ill intent or not, could copy the computer's data to a USB memory stick or even an iPod.

Fortunately, there is a way to disable those USB ports.  Using port blocking software, an administrator can create blacklists as well as whitelists for the USB port.  Products on the blacklist wouldn't operate when plugged in to the USB port, and vice-versa for whitelisted devices.

This way, you can ensure that the mouse works while preventing the connection of an iPod.

 
<Previous Next>

Data Encryption Software Not Used In Stolen GOSH UK Children's Hospital Laptop

Cost Of Data Breaches Continues To Rise: 2008 Shows Highest Costs Yet

Comments

No Comments

About sang_lee

Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.