Managing Enterprise Risk With Full Disk Encryption: A GuardianEdge White Paper - Research Highlights Costly Dangers of Relying Solely on File-Based Encryption

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Enterprise organizations are at risk of losing millions of dollars from the theft of a single personal computer. Enterprise data protection authority GuardianEdge has developed a White Paper to help organizations better understand how full disk encryption software can help them manage and mitigate the risks associated with computer theft and data exposure.

Managing Enterprise Risk With Full Disk Encryption

Enterprise organizations are at risk of losing millions of dollars from the theft of a single personal computer. Information that was stored exclusively on mainframes and other core systems is now widely available on laptop and desktop PCs. Recent changes in the legislative landscape have dramatically increased the risk of weak security by imposing harsh penalties on organizations that fail to implement strong data security measures.

In response to the unprecedented need for stronger PC security, GuardianEdge has developed a White Paper to help organizations better understand how full disk encryption software can help them manage and mitigate the risks associated with computer theft and data exposure. The document, entitled “Managing Enterprise Risk With Full Disk Encryption,” discusses the impact of computer and identity theft on information security, providing several examples that illustrate just how damaging a single incident can be.

The White Paper also explains how full disk encryption can help organizations secure corporate PCs and prevent costly data exposures, highlighting the reasons why full disk encryption is more secure and most cost-effective than mere file-based encryption. Software that only encrypts selected files, folders or file-types leaves system and application files unprotected. Unfortunately, system and application files have become popular vectors for attack for cyber-criminals. System files are particularly vulnerable to “offline” or “power-off” attacks; even unused disk space can be exploited to gain access to local and network resources. File-based encryption products are only effective against “power-on” attacks that occur after the operating system has loaded, leaving local and network resources vulnerable and -- even worse -- promoting a false sense of security.

“Managing Enterprise Risk With Full Disk Encryption” is available immediately on the GuardianEdge Web site. To view this White Paper in its entirety, visit the URL below: http://www.guardianedge.com/white_papers/managing_enterprise_risk.html

About GuardianEdge Technologies Inc.

GuardianEdge is a market leader in reducing the cost and complexity of enterprise data security. Customers around the world depend on GuardianEdge solutions to protect sensitive and proprietary information, ensure compliance with rules for safeguarding privacy, and to enable secure enterprise mobility. Headquartered in San Francisco, GuardianEdge has served an installed base of over a million active users for more than 10 years, at leading global corporate and governmental organizations, including Lockheed Martin Corp., Deutsche Bank AG and Humana Inc. Visit us on the Web today at http://www.guardianedge.com/

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