Gartner Research

Full-Disk Encryption

Published: 17 August 2018

ID: G00373298

Analyst(s): Consult the Board Research Team


This summary contains input from fifteen members on practices around full-disk encryption (FDE) on Windows PCs. We begin this summary with an overview of members' FDE adoption and PC operating system landscape. We then dive deep on FDE, discussing members' vendors, the challenges they've faced, use of pre-boot authentication (PBA), and policies for sleep mode on members' devices. We close by discussing deactivation of direct memory access (DMA)-capable ports and steps taken to mitigate the risk of these attacks.

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