Encryption is the process of making any type of data unreadable by anyone without proper authorization. If you use encryption to scramble your data, it will continue to be unreadable even after sharing it with other people. In other words, only you with the right encryption key can make the data readable again.
Data encryption is not only critical for organizations handling sensitive information, it is a matter of compliance. If your organization adheres to compliance standards such as HIPAA or GLBA, and you are considering BitLocker with Window 10 instead of Sophos Encryption- below are some pros and cons to aid in your decision.
- BitLocker is built in with Windows Professional editions (Windows 7 requires Ultimate or Enterprise version) so there is no additional cost for an encryption solution
- There is an option to either have a password or USB key every time the computer is turned on with Encryption. Most other third party encryption software just require password
- The Encryption keys can be stored in the User’s Active Directory account: which means that, in the event the user forgets the password or USB drive, the data can still be recovered or decrypted
- Since BitLocker is also built in to the OS, the encryption doesn’t slow down the computer as much. With encryption in general, the computer won’t run as fast as it normally does but most 3rd party encryption software will slow down the computer more than BitLocker does
- The process for decrypting/re-encrypting for a new user for a computer is easier. As mentioned above, since the encryption keys can be stored in Active Directory, this process is simplified from a management standpoint
- All users must upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise, or Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise.
- BitLocker is still not 100% transparent to the user. The user will either have to enter a password or have a USB drive every time the computer is started. Unfortunately, with all Encryption software, this is necessary
- Updates with Windows 10 have a more aggressive schedule. This can be mitigated with the Enterprise version of Windows 10 which gives more control over updates and when they are applied
- Any applications your organization uses must be tested with Windows 10 to verify there are no issues. For the most part, this should not be an issue as most programs are fairly updated, but you will need to test this just to be certain
Any significant changes you make should be guided by your IT team.
You may be surprised to learn just how much money an inefficient technology setup can cost a business. If you’re looking to save money, making adjustments to your organization’s technology infrastructure is generally a great place to start.
Call us at 877-715-5262 for an IT assessment, and in the comments, feel free to share with us any questions you have about safeguarding your data.