Thursday, January 29, 2009

The TCG Specifications: A Hard Drive Encryption Standard For Us All

Computerworld discusses the Trusted Computing Group's (TCG), disk encryption standards. The TCG includes all of the major hard disk manufacturers, resulting in a standard that can be broadly supported by software, and which will allow enterprise wide encryption and management to be done far more easily.

Thus far, my experiences with this style of disk encryption are limited to Lenovo laptops which appear to be missing one key element: a simple way to check if the drive is actually encryped from a Joe User perspective. The real key to making drive encryption work for users will be making it approachable and usable for everyday users in addition to enterprise administrators.

Have you worked with hardware level FDE? If so, how was your experience?

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