Gartner Research

Comparing Options for User Endpoint and Mobile Device Encryption

Published: 11 November 2016

ID: G00302932

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer


Full storage encryption is becoming a commodity on most client endpoints. Increasingly, technical professionals must design solutions that go beyond full storage encryption. This document compares the options for client endpoint encryption across use cases.

Table Of Contents


  • Use Cases for Data Encryption on Client Endpoints
  • Encryption Technologies for Data on Endpoints
  • Technology Options for Endpoint Encryption per Use Case


  • Threat Actors — Who or What Is After Your Endpoint Data?
  • Strength of Encryption Never Exceeds the Strength of Authentication
  • Use Cases for Data-at-Rest Encryption
    • Protection Against Data Loss Caused by Endpoint/Device Loss or Theft
    • Protection Against Unauthorized Access to Files on the Endpoint
    • Protection Against Unauthorized Access to Files Exchanged With Other Users
    • Protection Against Unauthorized Access to Files Exchanged/Synced With Other Devices
    • Combined Use Cases


The Details

  • Endpoint Encryption Technologies
    • Self-Encrypting Drives
    • Native Full Storage Encryption
    • Third-Party Full Storage Encryption Software
    • Virtual Machine Encryption
    • Storage Container Encryption
    • File Encryption (Enforced)
    • File Encryption (Ad Hoc)
    • Application Encryption
  • A Detailed Comparison of Endpoint Encryption Technologies
    • Assessment Criteria
    • Comparison of Endpoint Encryption Technologies — Details

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