Is Microsoft claiming Pre-Boot Authentication for FDE is not necessary?

Is Microsoft really claiming pre-boot authentication (PBA) for Full Disk Encryption (FDE) is not necessary? One could certainly get that impression from recent articles (HERE and HERE) posted by the organization.  The first article on “Types of attacks for volume encryption keys” lists a few known historical attacks that “could be used to compromise a volume encryption key, whether for BitLocker or a non-Microsoft encryption solution”, and the second makes statements like “For many years, Microsoft has recommended using pre-boot authentication to protect against DMA and memory remanence attacks. Today, Microsoft only recommends using pre-boot authentication on PCs where the mitigations described in this document cannot be implemented.

Waging the War on Passwords

We have seen large password hacks recently including: LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Yahoo. Hacks so large some in the industry call this the Password Wars. Unfortunately for the general public—we are losing. However, before the trumpets play, let’s give them a fight. Our feature blogger Darren Leroux has touched on this subject before and inspired me to really take a look at innovations that may change the way you secure your information. 

Smart Cards, 10 Years Later – Part 2

In my last blog, I left off talking about the different forms of authentication and the abundance of solutions available to enable multi-factor authentication (based on the directive to increase security for user authentication into laptops).