Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Full-Disk Encryption Isn't Always The Answer

If you think Full-Disk Encryption (FDE) is the be-all-and-end-all to protect your data, you might want to think twice. The idea behind FDE, for example, is to prevent exposure of data from stolen laptops.

Ideally, FDE not only encrypts the whole hard drive, as its name implies, it also prevents thieves from using boot disks, like Knoppix, to bypass authentication.

Two ways to defeat FDE, one using a thumb drive, were in eWeek and the other, a bypass feature in PGP, were on Chris Pirillo's blog this week:

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