I’m perplexed. Why don’t more companies encrypt their employees’ sensitive data? There is no technology barrier and the cost is insignificant compared to the cost of a data breach.
In a world where a data breach can cause tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines that are only magnified by negative publicity, why wouldn’t every organization simply enforce encryption on data at rest – in servers, on laptops, and on USB drives – as a basic standard for doing business?
The need for encryption everywhere is further magnified by BYOD. IT leaders are waking up to the opportunity to extend BYOD strategies to PCs using technology like Windows To Go to reduce costs and improve productivity.
With Windows To Go, users can now put their entire Windows 8.1 operating system with their applications on a certified Microsoft USB drive, e.g., your whole PC on a Stick. The drive should be encrypted and ideally hardware encrypted to protect your private files from both brute force and physical attacks.
Strong Mobile Device Security – Encryption + Management
But encryption only gets you so far. What if a formerly trusted employee walks off with their drive, or what if their password is compromised? As an IT customer at a university recently told us:
“An unmanaged USB is like a time bomb.”
Encryption and management go hand in hand. Management improves the user experience by automating authentication for lost passwords. Systems like IronKey Enterprise Management allow devices to be tracked whenever they are plugged into an Internet-connected PC, and even enable remote kill commands, so that a lost device can be completely disabled from afar.
This capability means that in a BYOD scenario, a hardware encrypted, IT managed Windows To Go PC on a Stick actually offers greater security than the typical PC deployment!
If you want to learn more, see our latest whitepaper for an in-depth look at how organizations can use Windows To Go to empower and secure their mobile workforce.