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Kelvin_Kwan | 10 Jun 2013 | 1 comment

 

You Have Choices
On July 1, 2013, Symantec will officially announce that all customers with active maintenance for Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition (SEE FDE) will automatically have their licenses migrated to our new FlexChoice Disk Encryption license.

Essentially, we are replacing the current SKU for SEE FDE with a new SKU.  This new SKU entitles customers with the ability to choose which disk encryption product you wish to use. You can simply continue to use your SEE FDE product, or you can use the Symantec Drive Encryption, Powered by PGP Technology (SDE) product.  Or, you can use a combination of the two.  

Superseded
We are NOT discontinuing/end-of-life’ing SEE FDE. I cannot emphasize this enough.  The SEE FDE product will continue to be supported and available for purchase.  We simply are offering more flexibility to our customers to choose whichever product they wish...

Kelvin_Kwan | 28 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

In the past, it was fairly easy to keep corporate data protected by keeping it within an established perimeter—protected by established access controls and passwords.  That model has been blown apart as iPhone, iPad and other smartphones and tablets have taken over. Add to that the accessibility and usability of file sharing services like Dropbox and you can see why this transformation has information security managers concerned. These are not trends that organizations can deal with by saying “no.”  They urgently need solutions to help secure confidential data and limit access.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Symantec’s new encryption solutions, powered by PGP Technology, are now shipping. With this Symantec Encryption release, Symantec leverages our encryption portfolio to ensure cloud data remains safe while keeping it accessible, and to protect confidential email for mobile.

Here’s a look at what’s new....

Kelvin_Kwan | 20 Dec 2012 | 4 comments

Folks, the holidays are almost once again upon us.  I sit here today trying to clear off my deliverables before I go on vacation.  But you know what? The year simply would not be complete without having to respond to yet another claim of a 3rd party tool being able to decrypt/access a system encrypted by PGP Whole Disk Encryption.

So Here We Go Again…
This morning, I was made aware of a claim made by ElcomSoft that their product could decrypt PGP containers (as well as other Full Disk Encryption competitors).  After reading through their blog and discussing my thoughts with the Symantec Encryption Engineering team, we have come to the conclusion that this claim is false!  There’s truly nothing to see here. 

The Weakness is NOT the Crypto Containers
I would...

Kelvin_Kwan | 15 Jun 2012 | 71 comments

The newest version of OS X, 10.8 - Mountain Lion is scheduled to be released sometime in July of 2012 by Apple.

Based on past experiences, we do NOT recommend users currently encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption or SEE Full Disk Encryption for Macs upgrade to OS X 10.8 when made available by Apple.

Symantec is actively testing PGP WDE and SEE FDE against the 10.8 developer builds from Apple. We will continue testing against all developer builds from Apple and also against the official release from Apple.

As a reminder, you should not upgrade to 10.8 if you wish to continue to use WDE.  If you must upgraded to 10.8, then please decrypt your disk prior to installing 10.8.  Once on 10.8, please do not re-encrypt at this point in time.  

Please check back to this blog for updates as they become available.

 

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Kelvin_Kwan | 30 May 2012 | 1 comment

A few recent headlines (Google translated link) have suggested that PGP encryption can be broken. My first reaction was with a sigh: “Not this again!” Such claims have been made before, and so far not a single one has proven true. Thus far, that seems to be the case here.

Breaking “PGP Crypto” Means Breaking AES
First, remember that PGP products do not use a custom encryption algorithm. They are based on well-studied, standard algorithms such as RSA and AES, at bit lengths that are regarded as best practices for strong...

Kelvin_Kwan | 10 Jan 2012 | 23 comments

It has come to Symantec's attention that an OS X 10.7.3 update release is imminent from Apple.

Based on past experiences, we do NOT recommend users currently encrypted with PGP WDE or SEE FDE for Macs upgrade to OS X 10.7.3 when made available by Apple.

Symantec is actively testing PGP WDE and SEE FDE against the 10.7.3 developers build from Apple. We will continue testing against all developers code from Apple and also against the official release from Apple.

Please check this blog for updates as they become available.

Kelvin_Kwan | 19 Aug 2011 | 4 comments

 

As many of you know, the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) was an initiative started by some well-known technology companies to help standardize and implement Trusted Computing.  One of the first “products” to come from this was the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).  There are various vendors that take advantage of the TPM chip for security related functions.  (Full disclosure:  Symantec is a member of the Trusted Computing Group.)

The next significant “product” to come from TCG is the Opal standards for Self Encrypting Drives (SED).  The Opal standard is an industry standard for any hard disk drive (HDD) manufacture to sell SEDs that would comply with these standards.  Now what this means, is that these HDDs will have encryption already built into the hardware.

“Great!  We won’t need to evaluate any of the software encryption vendors out there.  We can simply just buy SEDs from the...

Brian Tokuyoshi | 03 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

One of the most unusual aspects of the Apple iOS devices is the aspect of how user demand is driving enterprise adoption. Even in corporations where the iPad or the iPhone are not a part of the enterprise standard, it’s not unusual to see employees bringing their own devices to work and making it a part of their business life. For example, a sales manager that has an iPad typically wants to take it on a business trip and read their email. This may include weekly sales forecasts, contracts, and customer data. While having this type of information on the go may be convenient, it poses a security concern for the IT organization that now needs to make sure that sensitive corporate data stays protected on an employee’s personal device.

In order to protect the corporate data, it makes sense to use email encryption to protect data en route and resident on a portable device. Encryption protects the privacy of the information by making use of cryptography to ensure that...

Kelvin_Kwan | 20 Jul 2011 | 14 comments

 

Now before I begin “The Chicken or the Egg” portion of the blog, I want to address an issue that many people are asking or wondering.  “Why must I first decrypt before upgrading to Lion?”  Well there are many reasons.  However, one of the biggest reasons is that in Lion, Apple has added Recovery Partition Support.  This Recovery Partition allows you to perform repairs and recovery to your Mac without having to find the DVD that came with your Mac.  This is important, because whenever your system is encrypted, it is NOT advisable to create, resize, or move partitions.  This is regardless if you’re running OS X, Windows, or Linux.  Bad things (e.g.  Data integrity issues) tend to happen when encrypted and you do partition modifications.  So,...

Kelvin_Kwan | 19 Jul 2011 | 2 comments

As you might have seen or heard, Symantec recently announced new features to our encryption products.   I’ll give you a quick run down of some of the highlights of this latest release.

One of the most exciting features is the introduction of Symantec PGP Viewer for iOS.  This has been one of the most asked for feature by customers who need a solution to  “My CxO wants to be able to read encrypted emails on their iPad or iPhone.”  Well, it can now be done with the PGP Viewer for iOS.  You can decrypt your emails locally on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices now.  Best of all, the PGP Viewer is free from the Apple App Store (expected to be in the App Store by late summer.) It does require PGP Universal Server for key management, so wait until you get information from your mail administrator before you install it.

Another really cool feature is the ability of Symantec Endpoint Encryption Full Disk Edition (SEE FDE)...