Full Drive Encryption, Key management and MBAM

(Microsoft announces end of mainstream support for MBAM as of July 2019)

WinMagic’s CEO, THI NGUYEN-HUU, has blogged in the past about the ideal architecture for Full Drive Encryption, and Key Management (Separating Encryption and Key Management).  By separating key management, which includes authentication, from the actual encryption layer, one is able to use a single key manager for many platforms while allowing the best individual encryption solutions to be selected and used for each use case where storage encryption is needed. 

Self-encrypting deception: Weaknesses in the encryption of solid state drives (SSDs)

In the past few weeks I have been looking into the fallout from the paper [PDF] by Carlo Meijer and Bernard van Gastel from Radboud University, the Netherlands titled “Self-encrypting deception: weaknesses in the encryption of solid state drives (SSDs)”.

From the paper’s abstract:  “In theory, the security guarantees offered by hardware encryption are similar to or better than software implementations. In reality, we found that many hardware implementations have critical security weaknesses, for many models allowing for complete recovery of the data without knowledge of any secret” … “This challenges the view that hardware encryption is preferable over software encryption. We conclude that one should not rely solely on hardware encryption offered by SSDs.”

Your Feedback Is Important To Us

For me, the title of this blog entry isn’t just a marketing slogan or a catch phrase. It’s something that I take very seriously because, just like the metrics that I keep track of, acting on feedback from customers allows the Technical Support team here at WinMagic to improve to serve you better.  That’s the key reason why you get a survey when a case is closed. I want to know what your support experience was like so that I know what went well, and what we can improve upon.  Rest assured, when I get feedback I do act upon it.

Protecting Cloud Workloads against Undisclosed Access in Microsoft Azure

An international law firm and longtime customer of WinMagic has leveraged our flagship encryption and key management platform – SecureDoc Enterprise Server – to protect thousands of endpoint devices against loss or theft. In this era of digital transformation though, protecting endpoints is only one of many projects within their security and risk management portfolio. Now as the organization aim to leverage the undeniable benefits of cloud computing, IT had a new mandate to move their existing server infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. Security and compliance risks could no longer prevent cloud migration, despite concerns about undisclosed access to sensitive workloads; particularly those related to client cases, which could be subject to subpoena or government access.

The Cold Boot Attack is Back

The Cold Book Attack was resurrected last week by some researchers at f-secure https://press.f-secure.com/2018/09/13/firmware-weakness-in-modern-laptops-exposes-encryption-keys/ .  I would like to provide some context for both the exploit and the mitigations because the cold boot attack is just the tip of the iceberg.   But first, if you don’t want to know the details, there are steps that organizations can take to protect against Cold Boot attacks on PC’s and Macs when using SecureDoc including:

Encryption management and controls strengthens IT forensics

It has been awhile since I last wrote about computer forensics and encryption so it is time for an update.

First, what is Computer Forensics?   According to Wikipedia, Computer forensics is, “a branch of digital forensic science pertaining to legal evidence found in computers and digital storage media. The goal of computer forensics is to examine digital media in a forensically sound manner with the aim of identifying, preserving, recovering, analyzing and presenting facts and opinions about the information.”   In short it is like data recovery, but with additional guidelines and practices designed to create a legal “audit trail” that could be used in court if need be.

Why I Choose to Let our Employees work from Home

I once worked for a company who didn’t believe in Technical Support employees working from home, despite having all the technology in place to allow that to happen. Their reasoning? Technical Support employees couldn’t be effective if they were not in the office. I’ve always thought that thinking was flawed, and my experiences with the work from home policy that WinMagic has in place reinforces that belief.