Windows 8 and BitLocker: how to encrypt company laptops

Data protection using Windows 8


As cyber attacks increase, the need for data protection is more important than ever. Often employees are at fault, a lack education causing them to become victims of threats such as 'phishing' attacks.

So how can enterprises stay secure as this risk grows?

Staying secure with encryption

BitLocker improvements in Windows 8 make it the ideal time for enterprises still running Windows XP to upgrade.

Windows 8's security features are enabled by BitLocker Drive Encryption, which encrypts the hard drives on your company laptops. This means better protection against data theft or exposure if laptops or removable drives are lost or stolen.

You can also take advantage of secure data deletion when BitLocker-protected computers are decommissioned: it is much more difficult to recover deleted data from an encrypted drive than from one that is not encrypted.

How BitLocker works

BitLocker Drive Encryption can help block hackers from accessing system files to discover passwords. At the same time, users can still sign in to Windows and use files as normal.

If BitLocker detects a potential risk, it will lock the operating system drive. Enterprises can choose how to unlock it when turning on the PC: this could be done using a start-up key or PIN, for example.

Meanwhile, BitLocker can be temporarily suspended if enterprises need to install new software that could be blocked. It can also be turned off entirely if needed.

Why it's time to move to Windows 8

With data protection becoming increasingly significant, enterprises using Windows 8 and BitLocker will have the means to stay secure. Using Dell Migration Services, the transition to Windows 8 is quick, easy and painless. With enhanced security offered by Microsoft's latest operating system enabled by BitLocker, there has never been a better time to upgrade.

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