5 best practices for deploying BitLocker in the enterprise
BitLocker is a disk encryption solution that is included with the business versions of the Windows operating systems. It is designed to protect data on Windows machines from unauthorized access, by encrypting the entire disk. BitLocker is an excellent tool for enterprise organizations that want to protect their sensitive data, yet, deploying it can be a challenge.
Data breaches are becoming increasingly common, and organizations must take the necessary steps to protect their sensitive data. BitLocker is one tool that organizations can use to protect their data. In this article, we will discuss the five leading practices for deploying BitLocker in the enterprise. By following these practices, organizations can deploy BitLocker with confidence and protect their data from loss or theft.
The Five Best Practices for Deploying BitLocker in the Enterprise
Best Practice #1: Develop a Deployment Plan
Before deploying BitLocker in the enterprise it is necessary to develop a deployment plan. This plan should outline the steps that need to be taken to automatically deploy BitLocker on every computer in the organization, including which machines will be encrypted, how the encryption keys will be managed, and how the deployment will be tested. The deployment plan should also include a timeline for the deployment, with clear deadlines for each step in the process.
Best Practice #2: Use Group Policy to Manage BitLocker Settings
Use Group Policy to manage BitLocker settings. Group Policy is a powerful tool that allows administrators to set policies and preferences for multiple machines from a central location. By using Group Policy to manage BitLocker settings, organizations can ensure that all machines are configured consistently and that the encryption keys are managed securely.
Best Practice #3: Use Secure Boot and TPM
Use Secure Boot and TPM (Trusted Platform Module). Secure Boot is a feature of the Windows operating system that ensures that the machine boots only from trusted sources. TPM is a hardware module that provides secure storage for encryption keys. By using Secure Boot and TPM, organizations can ensure that the encryption keys are protected from unauthorized access.
Best Practice #4: Monitor BitLocker Encryption Status
The fourth best practice for deploying BitLocker in the enterprise is to monitor BitLocker encryption status. Organizations should have a system in place to monitor the encryption status of all machines that are being encrypted with BitLocker. This system should provide alerts when encryption is not progressing as expected, and it should also provide reports on the overall encryption status of the organization.
Best Practice #5: Train End Users
Finally, it is important to train end users and admins alike. End users are an essential part of any security system, and they need to be trained on the purpose of BitLocker in safeguarding data from theft or loss. This training should implore admins who have the permissions not to disable BitLocker under any circumstances.
Benefits of Deploying BitLocker
Some benefits of using BitLocker in an enterprise include data protection, compliance, remote management, lost or stolen device protection, flexibility and cost-effectiveness.
Protect against data breaches
BitLocker encrypts data on the hard drive, including the operating system and boot partitions, making it difficult for attackers to access sensitive data in the event of device loss or theft. This added security can help organizations prevent data breaches and protect against the financial and reputational damage that can result from a data breach.
Meet security compliance requirements
Many organizations are required to comply with industry-specific security standards, such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS. BitLocker can help organizations meet these requirements by encrypting sensitive data and ensuring that only authorized users have access to it. This can help organizations avoid costly fines and penalties that can result from non-compliance.
Enhance mobile device security
BitLocker can also be used to encrypt laptop computers and removable storage devices, such as USB drives, through a feature called BitLocker To Go. This feature allows users to take their encrypted data with them wherever they go, providing an additional layer of security for mobile devices. With the increasing use of mobile devices in the workplace, this can be a valuable addition to an enterprise security strategy.
Deploying BitLocker in the enterprise can be challenging, but by following these leading practices, organizations can deploy BitLocker with confidence. By developing a deployment plan, using Group Policy to manage BitLocker settings, using Secure Boot and TPM, monitoring BitLocker encryption status, and training end users, organizations can ensure that their sensitive data is protected from unauthorized access.
It is essential for organizations to prioritize data protection in today’s world, and BitLocker can be a valuable tool in achieving this goal. Please watch our video on How to use TruGrid BitLocker Device Management for more in-depth explanation.