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Comparing Encryption Technologies and Solutions for Data Protection on Endpoints


Organizations are challenged with protecting sensitive information stored on endpoints. This assessment compares the strengths and weaknesses of various technologies and solutions available for endpoint encryption to enable security architects to revalidate their architecture.

Published: 18 November 2014

ID: G00269530

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer

Table Of Contents


  • Assessment Criteria
  • Comparison of Endpoint Encryption Technologies


  • Main Drivers for Endpoint Encryption
    • Compliance
    • Business Risk
  • Use Cases
    • Protection Against Data Loss Through Endpoint Loss or Theft
    • Protection Against Unauthorized Access to Files
  • Typical Requirements and Product Capabilities
    • Usability
    • Manageability
    • Security
    • Platform Support and Portability
  • Technologies for Endpoint Encryption
    • Native Full-Disk Encryption Technologies With Management
    • Third-Party Full-Disk Encryption Software
    • File/Folder Encryption
    • Self-Encrypting Drives
    • Encryption on Smartphones and Tablets
  • Related Technologies
    • Endpoint Security
    • Cloud
    • Solid-State Drives
  • Understand the Endpoint Encryption Market
    • Market and Technologies
    • Market Segmentation
  • Evaluate Endpoint Encryption Vendors
    • Vendors for Protection Against Data Loss Through Endpoint Loss or Theft
    • Vendors for Protection Against Unauthorized Access to Files


  • Identify Requirements
  • Create an Architecture
  • Keep Control Through Management
  • Don't Let Authentication Become the Weak Link
  • Test the Solution and Implement the Processes

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