Why You Need to Stop Everything and Require Full Disk Encryption (FDE)

Why you should require FDE

If your company values data security, then you’ve probably considered the best way to require Full Disk Encryption (FDE) on all those Macs® and Windows® systems that you hand out to new employees. But here’s the hard truth: if you’re not currently mandating that all Windows and Mac users to have full disk encryption enabled, then you’re making a potentially disastrous error.

The risk to your company’s data (and possibly your career) is simply unnecessary – especially with two perfectly good FDE tools for Mac and Windows in the form of FileVault and BitLocker, and with powerful cloud IAM tools that can simplify FDE enablement and management.

The Risk of The Unencrypted Drive

Why you should require FDE

Forbes says that “One laptop is stolen every 53 seconds.” Additionally, nearly 41% of all data breach events from 2005 through 2015 were caused by lost devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The Wombat User Risk Report discovered that 65% of participants will leave their laptop or tablet in the car when they meet someone for dinner. A car is a safe place to store a laptop, right?

Think again. A study from computer accessory company, Kensington, found that laptops are most likely to be stolen from a car (CIO). “When Kensington asked respondents where company employees had experienced IT theft, the No. 1 response was ‘cars and transportation’ at 25 percent.”

Another CIO article demonstrates that everyone is at risk, not just the average Joe. “Even NASA laptops are vulnerable to theft and poor security practices: 48 NASA laptops or mobile devices were stolen from America’s space agency between April 2009 and April 2011, including one – unencrypted – laptop containing control codes for the International Space Station (ISS).”

If full disk encryption was required in any of these cases, sensitive data could have been protected and peace of mind ensured for the owning companies. Clearly, today, full disk encryption is no longer optional. FDE is a prerequisite for real, enterprise-grade security.

FDE for Security & Compliance

For several compliance regulations, FDE may be required to pass an (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Zach DeMeyer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/why-require-full-disk-encryption/

Zach DeMeyer

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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