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    Countermeasures: Protecting BitLocker-encrypted Devices from Attacks

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    English
    This guide provides detailed information that will help you understand the circumstances under which the use of pre-boot authentication is recommended and when it can be safely omitted from the configuration of a device that is running on devices running the Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 operating system.
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      1.0

      File Name:

      Protecting BitLocker from Pre-Boot Attacks.pdf

      Date Published:

      1/27/2014

      File Size:

      675 KB

        Full-volume encryption using BitLocker Drive Encryption is vital for protecting data and system integrity on devices running the Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 operating system. It is equally important to protect the BitLocker encryption key. On Windows 7 devices, sufficiently protecting that key often required pre-boot authentication, which many users find inconvenient and complicates device management. Microsoft has made improvements in Windows 8.1 and worked closely with hardware manufacturers to deliver Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 devices that are fundamentally resistant to known attacks against the BitLocker encryption key. As a result, many organizations can now meet their security requirements without using pre-boot authentication, reducing complexity and inconvenience. This guide provides detailed information that will help you understand the circumstances under which the use of pre-boot authentication is recommended and when it can be safely omitted from a device’s configuration.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 8, Windows 8.1

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