Mindtree, a global information technology solutions company, wanted to address a variety of mobile issues and find better tools for encrypting data. The company also wanted to make it easier for the IT team to manage, update, and protect its
mobile device environment. To help safeguard data on employee laptops, Mindtree deployed the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature in Windows 7. It also implemented the Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) solution as a way to manage BitLocker
easily. The company now benefits from tightened data security by protecting information assets from outside attacks. In addition, the IT team is able to generate detailed compliance reports quickly.
||Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) helps centrally configure BitLocker while ensuring compliance and improving protection through better reporting. The reports are accurate and depict the real-time encryption
| Sudhir Reddy
Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Mindtree
With headquarters in Warren, New Jersey and Bengaluru, India, Mindtree is a global information technology solutions company with revenues of over US$ 400 million. Its 11,000 experts engineer meaningful technology solutions to help businesses and societies
flourish. The company is a strategic partner to over 40 Fortune 500 enterprises.
With three development centers in India and 15 offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States, Mindtree enables its customers achieve competitive advantage through flexible and next generation global delivery models, agile methodologies, and expert frameworks.
Mindtree is ranked 18 in Indian IT companies and overall 445 in the Fortune India 500 list of 2011.
Mindtree has a sales team of 100 employees who use laptops that run the Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2010.
Mindtree needed to standardize and optimize its portable computer environment. Data security was one of its key challenges. The company wanted to protect its data on employees’ laptops from being lost or stolen. “Our sales employees carry laptops that store
business-critical data which need to be adequately secured,” explains D.R. Nagendra, Associate Director, Mindtree. “Since these people are always on the move, chances of losing laptops are high. As confidentiality and security are critical for both us and
our clients, we wanted a way to safeguard the data.”
The company also wanted to ensure that data on its laptops complied with company security policies. “We needed a way to safeguard our information so that we could enhance our efficiency, security and business agility,” says Nagendra.
Mindtree implemented BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 7. BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive on which Windows and data reside. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file saved on the drive is encrypted
automatically. “We wanted to encrypt and safeguard critical data on our portable computers,” says Nagendra. “By deploying BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 7, we have an easy-to-use solution that also offers a more flexible and secure environment.”
Mindtree also implemented Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. MBAM addresses all BitLocker management challenges along with provisioning and compliance verification
needs. It takes BitLocker to the next level by simplifying deployment and key recovery; centralizing provisioning, monitoring, and reporting of hard disk encryption status; and minimizing support costs.
“We are very pleased with the results of implementing MBAM,” says Nagendra. “It provides us with a single console for all our administrative tasks. Encryption keys can now be stored in a central database. Plus, we can create compliance reports according
to our requirements.”
The centralized management capability of MBAM helps to generate recovery keys when a remote user loses the pin. Additionally, the team can find out any system, which is not as per the business encryption compliance needs, and bring it to the needed standard.
So far, MBAM has been rolled out to around 3,600 laptops and there has not been a single complaint. “We believe that using this solution has given us the much needed security control with centralized management without additional expenses,” says Nagendra.
||By using MBAM to simplify and improve management of BitLocker tasks and to centrally manage portable computers, we are able to manage 15 percent more devices with the same resources.
| D.R. Nagendra
Associate Director, Mindtree
By using Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 7 and Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring, Mindtree has achieved its goal of ensuring data security, while streamlining IT management and increasing organizational efficiency.
Enhances Information Security
Mindtree is using BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows 7 and BitLocker Administration and Monitoring to help ensure higher security of portable devices with tight compliance with security policies. “Data encryption features give us the ability to safeguard
confidential data in case a device is lost or stolen,” says Nagendra. “Overall, we are preventing our operating system from any outside attacks. For Mindtree, BitLocker has been a big improvement and we are completely satisfied with the technology.”
Simplifies IT Management
With the new solution, Mindtree centralizes application management, resulting in a more homogeneous IT environment that is easier to support and more secure. MBAM automates BitLocker set-up steps and automatically changes a recovery key after it has been
used, making administration easier. “By using MBAM to simplify and improve management of BitLocker tasks and to centrally manage portable computers, we are able to manage 15 percent more devices with the same resources,” says Nagendra.
Speeds Up Compliance Reporting
The solution enables the IT team to generate compliance reports quickly. “MBAM helps centrally configure BitLocker, while ensuring compliance and improving protection through better reporting,” says Sudhir Reddy, Vice- President and Chief Information Officer,
Mindtree. “The reports are accurate and depict the real time encryption status.”
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with better access to shared data and collaboration tools. And your IT staff will have better tools and technologies for enhanced corporate IT security and data protection, and more efficient deployment and management.
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