SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

October 07, 2009 10:00 ET

Full-Disk Encryption On the Rise

The Simplicity of Encrypting Everything on the Endpoint Is Overtaking the Precision of Encrypting Only Specific Files or Folders

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), has published a new study which shows a general trend towards the simplicity of encrypting everything on the endpoint using full-disk encryption, as compared to the precision of encrypting only specific files or folders based on content and pre-existing policies using file / folder encryption. Both approaches are widely deployed, but the research results over the last two years make it clear that full-disk encryption is on the rise.

As the use of encryption continues to proliferate throughout the enterprise, strategic investments in managing encryption and the encryption key lifecycle to support higher scale at lower cost remain the keys to success for top deployments. When normalized for the average total cost per end-user per year, the leading performers in the study spent $53 while lagging performers spent $86, a 40% advantage for top performance. Depending on the total number of endpoints in your organization, the cumulative effect of $33 savings per endpoint per year can make a compelling business case for pursuit of best practices in endpoint encryption.

"Between the many public disclosures of lost or stolen laptops containing sensitive data, and the complex and changing landscape of compliance requirements, using encryption to protect data in use at the endpoints is not a matter of motive," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen Group. "What Aberdeen's research shows is that the companies with top performance have found acceptable ways to deploy and manage full-disk encryption to balance the risks with the costs."

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