Gartner Research

Comparing Endpoint Encryption Technologies

Published: 28 March 2013

ID: G00250256

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer


Organizations are faced with the challenge of protecting sensitive information stored on endpoints. This assessment provides an overview of the various technologies available for endpoint encryption and their strengths and weaknesses to enable security architects to revalidate their architecture.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Main Drivers for Endpoint Encryption
    • Compliance
    • Business Risk
  • Typical Requirements and Product Capabilities
    • Usability
    • Manageability
    • Security
    • Platform Support and Portability
  • Technologies for Endpoint Encryption
    • Full-Disk Encryption Software
    • File/Folder Encryption
    • Self-Encrypting Drives
    • Secure USB Flash Drives
    • Encryption on Smartphones and Tablets
  • Related Technologies
    • Endpoint Security
    • Cloud
    • Solid-State Drives


  • Identify Requirements
  • Create an Architecture
  • Expect to Perform Training
  • Keep Control Through Management
  • Don't Let Authentication Become the Weak Link
  • Test the Solution and Implement the Processes
  • Choose Certified Solutions

The Details

  • Full-Disk Encryption Software: Strengths and Weaknesses
  • File/Folder Encryption: Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Self-Encrypting Drives: Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Secure USB Flash Drives: Strengths and Weaknesses

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