Bitlocker

Specifying and supporting disk encryption

Encryption is at the top of the business agenda following a spate of embarrassing data breaches. How can you design and implement encryption systems to suit your customers’ needs without making life harder all round?

Is it time for Vista? Solutions for upgrade problems and advice for deployment and maintenance

Operating systems are constantly being updated. Sometimes it’s to deal with security issues, sometimes to improve performance and sometimes to add new, must have, features.

Online resources for whole disk and full volume encryption

Microsoft System Integrity Team blog: Protecting BitLocker from cold boot and direct memory access attacks
Ed Felten’s research team uncovered the cold boot attack, which can be used to recover encrypted information from RAM in the clear. This is Microsoft’s explanation of how to protect BitLocker users from the threat as an administrator, by enforcing PINs or USB tokens.
http://blogs.msdn.com/si_team/archive/2008/02/25/protecting-bitLocker-from-cold-attacks-and-other-threats.aspx

Configuring AD to backup BitLocker recovery keys
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=67438
BitLocker keys should be backed up so that they can be recovered in the event of a lost key or damaged storage media. This article explains how it’s done.

Is Windows 7 Ready for Small Business

The Service Pack 1 rule is a good one for most operating systems, and not because a new version of Windows usually has as many bugs as benefits.

Protecting Networks

Security is changing: smart clients and remote working mean that the security perimeter is getting closer to the server. How will you protect your clients’ networks tomorrow?

Danger, USB!

USB has given us fast, easy access to devices and files – but it’s also a security nightmare. How can you lock it down for clients?

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