If your business is like mine, laptops regularly disappear. Until recently, centrally managed mobile storage encryption solutions for Windows environments were either too costly, required users to carry a key-resident device, or relied on keys residing on local disk. Sometimes the best solution under these circumstances was the presence of administrative controls (i.e. policies) prohibiting users from storing sensitive information on local laptop drives. With the proliferation of TPM 1.2 across most laptop platforms and the release of Microsoft Windows Vista, most roadblocks to laptop data encryption have been removed.
In this paper, I explore the challenges facing security managers responsible for laptop data security, TPM technology, and how the features of a TPM can integrate with Microsoft’s Bitlocker and Active Directory technologies to provide for more secure data on the road.
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