Saturday, November 30, 2013

Symantec Encryption Desktop - PGP Zip

A few months ago I wrote a howto for how to use CryptoPhane and Engimal to encrypt your files and email in a blog called Protect Your Privacy with Encryption - Encrypt Files and Email with GnuPG. I am an IT consultant and the vast majority of my experience is implementing Symantec solutions for enterprises and government. For those of you who are looking for an enterprise class encryption product that can be used with hundreds or thousands of users, check out Symantec Encryption Desktop (SED).

The SED client has the following functionality:
  • Key management
  • PGP Zip
    • File encryption using keys or passwords
    • Create self-extracting archive files for people who do not use SED
  • PGP Shredder
  • PGP Messaging
    • Email encryption
    • IM encryption
  • File Share Encryption
    • Automatic/seamless encryption of all files in a Windows file share
  • PGP Disk
    • Full disk encryption
    • Partition encryption
The drawback to enterprise solutions is that they are proprietary and normally require a license to use. To get the full functionality out of SED this is the case. However, you can install SED without a license and use it to encrypt, decrypt and sign files as well as use PGP Shredder to securely erase files.

Using SED without a license is a good way to get used to encryption without spending any money. Once you are comfortable with the product I would recommend contacting Symantec, buying some licenses and having a Symantec Encryption Management server stood up. Using Symantec Encryption Management server allows you to easily manage all of your user's keys and the functionality of the SED client on their workstations.

My blog on Symantec Connect called Symantec Encryption Desktop Howto - PGP Zip can be found here.

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Cameron Mottus

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