Mobile Security Using BitLocker on Laptops
One of the most common -- and challenging -- issues facing mobile IT managers is laptop security. BitLocker can help: instead of encrypting individual files and folders, it encrypts the complete hard drive. The loss or theft of a laptop is an all-too-frequent occurrence. Whether its swiped from the trunk of a car, absentmindedly left in the back seat of a cab, or vanishes amid the confusion of a busy airport security check-in, it usually means that an expensive piece of equipment will never be seen again. But the value of the hardware may pale in comparison to that of the data that resides on it, especially if the datas of a sensitive nature, such as confidential company plans or client contact information. If your laptops running either the Ultimate or Enterprise editions of Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can take advantage of the BitLocker feature to encrypt the hard drive via 128-bit AES, ensuring that even if the laptop is lost or stolen, valuable data will be safe from prying eyes.
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