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Full-disk encryption (FDE) tools: A buyer's guide

In this SearchSecurity buyer's guide, learn why it's important to deploy full-disk encryption products, as well as how to procure and buy the right FDE product for your organization.

Introduction

Full-disk encryption (FDE) is a storage encryption technology that protects client computers (desktops and laptops) by encrypting all the data at rest in storage. Secured data includes all end-user files and application settings, as well as application and operating system executables.

The idea is to help prevent sensitive information from being inadvertently lost or stolen and recovered by those with malicious intent. Major breaches and loss of sensitive information can cost millions of dollars, not to mention embarrassment for an organization.

In this buyer's guide, readers will learn how FDE works, as well as how to identify the four scenarios for implementation when evaluating the data-security technology for deployment. It also lays out what organizations need to know before making an investment in FDE, and presents direct FDE product comparisons and product overviews of some of the top FDE solutions on the market today.

1What is...?-

The evolution of full-disk encryption technology

Learn why full-disk encryption, or FDE, is a security technology that protects valuable organizational data at rest on a laptop or desktop computer.

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The fundamentals of FDE: Full disk encryption in the enterprise

Expert Karen Scarfone examines full disk encryption, or FDE, tools and describes how the security technology protects data at rest on a laptop or desktop computer. Continue Reading

2Do I need...?-

The business case for full-disk encryption tools

Discover which of the four types of threats that full-disk encryption tools can mitigate applies to your organization.

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The fundamentals of FDE: The business case for full disk encryption

Expert Karen Scarfone outlines the benefits of FDE to help businesses decide if the storage encryption technology is right for their organization. Continue Reading

3How to buy...?-

Full-disk encryption procurement

Ask these questions of vendors when establishing the criteria for desired features of which full-disk encryption product to buy for your organization.

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The fundamentals of FDE: Procuring full-disk encryption software

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the most important criteria for evaluating full disk encryption options for deployment within an enterprise. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

The top full-disk encryption products compared

What makes a particular full-disk encryption product right for an enterprise? Here we compare several leading FDE vendors and review the pros and cons of their products to help you decide which might be right for your organization.

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The fundamentals of FDE: Comparing the top full disk encryption products

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the top full disk encryption products to determine which one may be best for your organization. Continue Reading

5Top product overviews-

A who's who of the market-leading FDE vendors

Full-disk encryption can be a key component of an enterprise's desktop and laptop security strategy. Here's a look at some of the top FDE products on the market.

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Check Point Full Disk Encryption product overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of Check Point Full Disk Encryption, an FDE product for securing client devices such as laptops and desktops. Continue Reading

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Dell Data Protection | Encryption: Full disk encryption product overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of Dell Data Protection | Encryption, a full disk encryption product for securing client-side devices. Continue Reading

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McAfee Complete Data Protection: Full disk encryption product overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of McAfee Complete Data Protection, a full disk encryption product for securing client-side computers and servers. Continue Reading

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Sophos SafeGuard: Full disk encryption product overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of Sophos SafeGuard, a full disk encryption product for laptops, desktops and servers. Continue Reading

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Symantec Endpoint Encryption: Full disk encryption product overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of Symantec Endpoint Encryption, a full disk encryption product for Windows laptops, desktops and servers. Continue Reading

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DiskCryptor: Full disk encryption product overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of DiskCryptor, an open source full disk encryption product for securing client-side computers and servers. Continue Reading

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Apple FileVault 2: Full disk encryption software overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of Apple's bundled full disk encryption software for Mac OS X, FileVault 2. Continue Reading

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Microsoft BitLocker: Full disk encryption software overview

Expert Karen Scarfone examines the features of BitLocker, Microsoft's native full disk encryption software for Windows laptops, desktops and servers. Continue Reading

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