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

Last updated:May 2015

Editor's note

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.

1The 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.

2Full-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.

3The 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.

4A 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.