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The Move To Linux - Encrypted Disk Issues

Dec 07, 2010, 19:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Lane)

"One of the standards that has become normal in the US federal sector is the requirement that all mobile devices, such as laptops, have encrypted drives. This was a direct result of a number of laptop thefts earlier in the decade that resulted in the supposed leaking of personal information. As a former federal contractor, I watched a number of successful and not so successful methodologies implemented and deployed. Some resulted in real data protection and some resulted in wonderful bricks. In some cases on a regular (read daily) basis.

"One of the more successful tools is the Trust Platform Module (TPM) chip. When properly implemented, it allows you to improve encryption, ensure that even if your disk is removed from your laptop, it is still secure and greatly enhances security. So, imagine my surprise, upon rejoining the private sector that my new company does not have a policy for encrypting laptops, even though almost every individual in the company has one."

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