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Microsoft's BitLocker is an endpoint encryption option.Stay safe, especially when storing sensitive data, with BitLocker Drive Encryption.BitLocker Drive Encryption is used by my company to secure all customer data and backups. In the event of a breach, the bad actor would need to also be able to break into the encrypted volumes to gain access. It's another barrier that would have to be crossed, which may deter the attackers. It is easy to set up and is included with Windows 10 Professional along with Windows Server operating systems.,On my customer's machines, it's convenient that BitLocker can be set up to automatically open an encrypted volume so that my customer doesn't have to enter the passphrase every time they log in. BitLocker is compatible with NTFS and ReFS which gives you options for your storage. There doesn't really appear to be any performance penalty for encrypted volumes, so it is a seamless experience.,When encrypting external devices such as USB flash drives or USB/eSATA hard drives, it would be handy if there was a cross-platform (MacOS, Linux) utility to at least be able to read the encrypted data after entering the passphrase. A variety of crypto ciphers would be a good option for BitLocker to offer. A self-destruct option would be helpful if an attacker were to try to brute-force passphrases to attempt to gain access to the encrypted volume.,8,Companies that store financial information would benefit from BDE since their clients' data would be encrypted and that would help in audits and avoiding fines for not securing that data. BDE is included in higher-end consumer operating systems and Windows Server operating systems, which means you won't have to spend extra money on 3rd party products, support, or maintenance renewals. The learning curve is very small since BDE is built into the Windows operating system, so you don't have to worry about compatibility or additional software installations.,,Notepad++, Wireshark, Google Drive, Splashtop Business AccessMicrosoft Windows Whole Drive Encryption Solution - Worth ConsideringIn this world with an increased need for data security and all the compliance initiatives, data and drive encryption has become a necessity. We use BitLocker Drive Encryption (BitLocker) on any Windows server that contains any personally identifiable information (PII), or sensitive personal information (SPI) or Protected health information (PHI). It has become a standard part of our security policy. BitLocker can only be used to encrypt the entire drive in a Windows product and not specific folders. If you see a folder option to encrypt contents to secure data, that is Encrypting File System (EFS) not BitLocker. We also use BitLocker on laptops to protect and secure information in the case of loss or theft.,Encrypts the entire drive and provides a high level of security. In an Active Directory environment, you can set up BitLocker to automatically save keys to AD. As part of Windows, no additional licensing costs. Set up and configuration is relatively easy. Uses TPM module to increase security.,There is a read/write impact on performance, but the protection is well worth the minor performance hit.,9,Protects against data loss and theft, which can be very expensive if PII, SPI, PHI is involved. Fines for this type of loss can be very high, along with the costs of notification, and discovery. Cost is included in Windows O/S, without needing additional licensing costs.,Best whole disk encryption for WindowsWe use it across our whole organization to encrypt all internal drives on our employees' computers. The main problem it addresses is stolen or forgotten computers. With Bitlocker we don't have to worry about credentials or confidential information getting stolen when a computer is stolen or forgotten somewhere. It also saves us some work as we don't have to reset all the credentials and access of the user when this occurs. In addition, it gives our users the peace of mind if they have to leave their computer in a car or in an hotel room for a day. And finally, with whole drive encryption, you don't have to count on your users to put the sensitive information in the encrypted container.,Practically no impact on read performance and low impact on write performance compared to others. Integrated into Windows/no additional cost Easy deployment Whole drive encryption Uses hardware chip to offer better security,Even if it's the best we tested, I think write performance could be improved. Maybe with dedicated hardware inside the TPM? No integration with OS password is a shame as most others have it and it is Microsoft on Microsoft so they can probably do it better then anyone else and safer. I wish they would support multiple passwords like FileVault on macOS. If it's a shared computer, you have to give the only password to Bitlocker to both users.,9,It allowed us to move to whole drive encryption without much effort Integrated in Windows Enterprise, so free With the right recovery key, it is really easy for IT to recover the data, backup or reset the user's password.,mcafee drive encryption and Symantec Drive Encryption,Aruba Networks Wireless, ownCloud, Ubiquiti Wireless WAN, Backblaze, Google Drive, OneDriveBest options for WindowsAs you know, data security is very important. You do not want your personal data to be stolen, the company must also protect its data. The computers we use are of great value, and could fall prey to thieves. Since it is difficult to physically protect the hardware from being stolen, it is very important to encrypt the data. With the combination of Bitlocker, TPM and user/password, it is much harder for a thief to recover the data on the disk. Together with LAPS, Bitlocker is a must! Don't forget to backup your data.,Part of Windows Pro and + licensing. Very easy to deploy and maintain. Embedded in the software, and Windows patching. Well known,Cannot Dualboot (disaster) Should be integrated in AD out of the box (MBAM) Add 2FA (with RSA/Authenticator?) out-of the box,9,If you ever had a laptop stolen, you know that the ROI is instant! Licenses are part of Windows, and the effort minimal It's a must!,,FreeNAS, Aruba Networks Wireless, ownCloudUse BitLocker Drive if you Really Need ItI work as a government contractor and there are times where the equipment we use require BitLocker Drive Encryption to be used. The business problem is the performance of the device that is using BitLocker.,Definitely encrypts the drive and provides a high level of security Protects the drive from any tampering and good luck trying to get back the data after lots of bad attempts.,Performance hit with non SSD hard drives or up to date equipment Slow boot times due to the encryption of the drive.,8,You cannot put a price on classified or confidential information leaks.,truecrypt,OneNote, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Exchange
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February 13, 2019

Review: "Stay safe, especially when storing sensitive data, with BitLocker Drive Encryption."

Score 8 out of 10
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BitLocker Drive Encryption is used by my company to secure all customer data and backups. In the event of a breach, the bad actor would need to also be able to break into the encrypted volumes to gain access. It's another barrier that would have to be crossed, which may deter the attackers. It is easy to set up and is included with Windows 10 Professional along with Windows Server operating systems.
  • On my customer's machines, it's convenient that BitLocker can be set up to automatically open an encrypted volume so that my customer doesn't have to enter the passphrase every time they log in.
  • BitLocker is compatible with NTFS and ReFS which gives you options for your storage.
  • There doesn't really appear to be any performance penalty for encrypted volumes, so it is a seamless experience.
  • When encrypting external devices such as USB flash drives or USB/eSATA hard drives, it would be handy if there was a cross-platform (MacOS, Linux) utility to at least be able to read the encrypted data after entering the passphrase.
  • A variety of crypto ciphers would be a good option for BitLocker to offer.
  • A self-destruct option would be helpful if an attacker were to try to brute-force passphrases to attempt to gain access to the encrypted volume.
BitLocker Drive Encryption should be a standard business practice for any company that stores sensitive data on servers and/or external storage devices such as USB or eSATA. I've seen many businesses use external storage devices as a destination for individual computer backups, but then the backups themselves are not encrypted and anyone can simply grab the USB/eSATA device and run off with it, now having access to the unprotected backups stored on it.
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February 04, 2019

BitLocker Review: "Microsoft Windows Whole Drive Encryption Solution - Worth Considering"

Score 9 out of 10
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In this world with an increased need for data security and all the compliance initiatives, data and drive encryption has become a necessity. We use BitLocker Drive Encryption (BitLocker) on any Windows server that contains any personally identifiable information (PII), or sensitive personal information (SPI) or Protected health information (PHI). It has become a standard part of our security policy. BitLocker can only be used to encrypt the entire drive in a Windows product and not specific folders. If you see a folder option to encrypt contents to secure data, that is Encrypting File System (EFS) not BitLocker. We also use BitLocker on laptops to protect and secure information in the case of loss or theft.
  • Encrypts the entire drive and provides a high level of security.
  • In an Active Directory environment, you can set up BitLocker to automatically save keys to AD.
  • As part of Windows, no additional licensing costs.
  • Set up and configuration is relatively easy.
  • Uses TPM module to increase security.
  • There is a read/write impact on performance, but the protection is well worth the minor performance hit.
BitLocker Drive Encryption is only designed for use with Microsoft Windows O/S's.
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January 24, 2018

BitLocker Review: "Best whole disk encryption for Windows"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use it across our whole organization to encrypt all internal drives on our employees' computers. The main problem it addresses is stolen or forgotten computers. With Bitlocker we don't have to worry about credentials or confidential information getting stolen when a computer is stolen or forgotten somewhere. It also saves us some work as we don't have to reset all the credentials and access of the user when this occurs. In addition, it gives our users the peace of mind if they have to leave their computer in a car or in an hotel room for a day. And finally, with whole drive encryption, you don't have to count on your users to put the sensitive information in the encrypted container.
  • Practically no impact on read performance and low impact on write performance compared to others.
  • Integrated into Windows/no additional cost
  • Easy deployment
  • Whole drive encryption
  • Uses hardware chip to offer better security
  • Even if it's the best we tested, I think write performance could be improved. Maybe with dedicated hardware inside the TPM?
  • No integration with OS password is a shame as most others have it and it is Microsoft on Microsoft so they can probably do it better then anyone else and safer.
  • I wish they would support multiple passwords like FileVault on macOS. If it's a shared computer, you have to give the only password to Bitlocker to both users.
Bitlocker is perfect if you want the peace of mind. It's whole disk encryption and easy to manage. It doesn't do fancy stuff, like MFA or multi-users, but it does what it does really well and will not cause you problems as long as you manage the recovery keys correctly.

The only scenario I would not recommend Bitlocker for is for shared computers, like meeting rooms audio/video shared setup, as you have to share the Bitlocker password for this to occur. Bitlocker doesn't allow more than 1 password.
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January 16, 2018

BitLocker Review: "Best options for Windows"

Score 9 out of 10
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As you know, data security is very important. You do not want your personal data to be stolen, the company must also protect its data. The computers we use are of great value, and could fall prey to thieves. Since it is difficult to physically protect the hardware from being stolen, it is very important to encrypt the data.

With the combination of Bitlocker, TPM and user/password, it is much harder for a thief to recover the data on the disk. Together with LAPS, Bitlocker is a must! Don't forget to backup your data.
  • Part of Windows Pro and + licensing.
  • Very easy to deploy and maintain.
  • Embedded in the software, and Windows patching.
  • Well known
  • Cannot Dualboot (disaster)
  • Should be integrated in AD out of the box (MBAM)
  • Add 2FA (with RSA/Authenticator?) out-of the box
BitLocker is perfect for company that uses Windows only, but if you have Windows, Mac, and Linux, you may need 3 solutions because Bitlocker is proprietary code for Windows only. We have to use FileVault for Mac and LVM for Linux.

It can run on desktops, laptops, and servers, and now on VM 2016, only TPM required, one technology.
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February 23, 2016

Review: "Use BitLocker Drive if you Really Need It"

Score 8 out of 10
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I work as a government contractor and there are times where the equipment we use require BitLocker Drive Encryption to be used.
The business problem is the performance of the device that is using BitLocker.
  • Definitely encrypts the drive and provides a high level of security
  • Protects the drive from any tampering and good luck trying to get back the data after lots of bad attempts.
  • Performance hit with non SSD hard drives or up to date equipment
  • Slow boot times due to the encryption of the drive.
It should be used if the information on the device is worth securing. Otherwise it is a pain and hassle each and every time you want to turn on your computer.
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