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Kelvin_Kwan | 17 Sep 2013 | 13 comments

Symantec Encryption Releases 3.3.1/10.3.1
In this release, we support Windows 8, increase our Linux platform support, and as always improve security whenever appropriate.  Here’s a summary of what’s new:

  • Support Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions 32- and 64-bit versions, for Symantec Drive Encryption both BIOS and UEFI systems (only 64-bit for UEFI), Desktop Email Encryption, File Share Encryption, and Encryption Desktop utilities (PGP Virtual Disk, ZIP, and Shredder)
  • Desktop Email Encryption compatibility with Microsoft Outlook 2013, both 32- and 64-bit versions
  • Desktop Email Encryption compatibility with Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Server when using a supported email client
  • Mac OS X 10.8.3 and 10.8.4 support for Symantec Drive Encryption and Symantec Desktop Email Encryption
  • Symantec Drive Encryption support for Linux.  This now includes Red Hat Enterprise 5.9, 6.3, and 6.4 (32- and...
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Superseded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 | 19 Jun 2012 | 30 comments

If you recently purchased a MacBook Air (Model 5,2) or a MacBook Pro (Model 10,1), do NOT encrypt your laptop with the current release of PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Macs (10.2.1 Build 4461).

These are the latest Macs just released by Apple based on the Ivy Bridge Processors from Intel.

Based on our QA testing thus far, we are observing these Macs not booting properly after authenticating the PGP WDE Bootguard screen. Our engineers are aware of the problem and are busily working on a solution to this.

Please check back to this blog for the latest updates.

UPDATE:
7/17/2012 @ 1:57 PM PST - Hot off the presses from engineering.  A hotfix to address this issue should be available by the end of July or beginning of August.  I will update this posting with any follow-up information that I have.  Thanks for your patience and understanding. 

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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 | 29 May 2012 | 1 comment

Passware recently blogged about the ability to "instantly decrypt PGP Whole Disk Encryption" with their latest release of Passware Kit 11.7.

Based on deeper investigation from Symantec engineering, it has been concluded that a properly configured PC is not vulnerable to this Passware claim.

A Whole Disk Encrypted machine is not vulnerable to an offline attack. If an attacker was to steal a machine in an offline state (powered off or hibernating state) the first place they would look for the key information is in the hibernation file or crash dumps. The problem, however, is that this is only possible if the PC was not encrypted at the disk block level. You cannot get to the hibernation file or the crash dumps since this information is in an encrypted state, and you would need to authenticate to the disk first to get to those files....

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 | 15 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Apple released a new generation of MacBook Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops in mid-2011.  These latest releases of MacBook Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops have a known issue with Symantec PGP Whole Disk Encryption. Symantec Engineering has isolated this issue down to specifically the latest version of Mac Book Air notebooks 4.2 with the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and the mid 2011 versions of the Mac mini desktops 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 with the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

We have successfully tested and verified that PGP Whole Disk Encryption 10.2MP1 works with all MacBook Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops and the Lion OS X operating system prior to the latest releases of these MacBook Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops.

An easy way to distinguish the latest generation of Mac Book Air notebooks and Mac mini desktops are to look for the presence of a ...