Fortifying your Information Security Architecture with Linux Endpoint Encryption for the Enterprise
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- See the advantages of using SecureDoc for Linux
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What is Linux Endpoint Encryption?
Encryption is the process of encoding or scrambling data to make it unreadable & unusable unless a user has the correct decryption key. Endpoint encryption, regardless of the operating system, essentially protects the OS from attacks that can install keyloggers or corrupt boot files and lock files stored on laptops, servers, tablets, and other endpoints to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the data.
Organizations use endpoint encryption software to protect sensitive information in the endpoint. Healthcare files, bank account information, social security numbers, and home addresses are examples of information that is often encrypted.
Linux has built-in encryption for endpoints for several years now. Yet, many enterprises struggle with encryption on Linux endpoints. Our SecureDoc Linux solution builds on the capabilities available in Linux (such as dm-crypt), providing an overarching layer of manageability, visibility, and automation that scales at an enterprise level and facilitates compliance.
Enterprise-Class Full Disk Encryption for Linux Endpoints
Linux is growing both on Servers and as a secure and robust desktop and software development platform. Linux users and their devices are mobile and not always on an internal network, o there is a need to find additional ways to protect their systems and information, wherever it is located.
While Linux endpoints are often seen as more secure than their Windows counterparts (partially due to the fact that malware and other related cyberattacks target Windows which offers a much larger target base) recent events have uncovered several flaws in Linux as attackers shift their focus to this operating system.
Covid-19 and Work-from-Home
Work from home was a limited reality for some businesses, but the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021 radically transformed where people worked. As governments and industry globally enforced lockdowns and limited staff movement, many organizations recognized the most (or only) viable solution was a ‘Work From Home’ model - if they hoped to sustain their operations while waiting for the Covid threat to be brought under control.
With malware incidents on the rise by 358% in 2020, and 1 in 5 Americans touched with ransomware attacks according to a Harris poll, organizations can no longer afford to ignore cyberattack risks – on any device platform. Instead, they need a model that provides multiple fail-safes to strengthen their defenses against the new wave of sophisticated threats.
This necessity brought into sharp detail the security risks of remote working. With millions of more devices now accessing corporate resources from outside the traditional perimeter, security incidents increased. The security perimeter changed from the corporate firewall to the user’s endpoint located at home.
The solution – SecureDoc for Linux
Organizations need to protect Linux endpoints with identical, robust security mechanisms they use for other device types - a defense-in-depth security strategy. The Zero Trust model takes defense in depth even further, and endpoint encryption meets its requirements, providing the last line of defense against any system compromise. Should a user’s device be lost or stolen, the data on the device remains secure, protecting the organization and its data. In addition to protecting from sophisticated cyberattacks, encryption also meets the requirements of many compliance standards such as PCI-DSS and provides organizations with the surety that their information remains confidential and its integrity indisputable.
WinMagic Linux Endpoint Encryption offers enterprise-class full disk encryption for Linux endpoints. It separates encryption into two components - encryption and key management - as the expertise needed to deliver these security elements is quite different.
SecureDoc works seamlessly with Linux native encryption. By providing a management layer on top of dm-crypt, the built-in drive encryption solution that comes with the Linux operating system, it improves enterprise manageability.
By leveraging the features offered by WinMagic’s SecureDoc for Linux, organizations can implement a Zero Trust, defense-in-depth strategy that fortifies their information security architecture for Linux endpoints.
Comprehensive protection and live conversion
While Linux’s encryption toolkit is the best at encrypting Linux-based devices, the operating system can really benefit from an encryption management solution like WinMagic SecureDoc Enterprise Server, to manage and unify encryption efforts across the enterprise and across device platforms.
Without an encryption management platform like SecureDoc, native Linux encryption of an endpoint’s storage device typically requires a reinstall of the operating system – resulting in unproductive users and a busy IT department reinstalling the operating system, configuring all the applications, and copying data back into the now-encrypted disks.
From encryption set-up to IT Admin turnover, and password resets, managing encryption using Linux’s basic tools will pull resources away from more important tasks. WinMagic’s SecureDoc full disk encryption [HH3] [MD4] helps enterprises lock down their Linux-based devices and provides greater control than ever before.
SecureDoc separates encryption into two components – encryption and key management
Because the expertise to deliver these two components is quite different, SecureDoc for Linux works seamlessly with the native encryption, layering on top of dm-crypt to better manage device encryption—taking encryption management to the next level.
The distinct endpoint solution:
- Makes central deployments and user staging simple for Linux devices.
- Permits initial live conversion of disks - allowing admins and users to log-in and work on the machine while initial encryption occurs.
- Removes the need to clear the disk and re-install the operating system before commencing encryption.