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RE: List of Full Disc Encryption products
From: "Roger A. Grimes" <roger () banneretcs com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 14:12:44 -0400

I don't want to argue semantics, but you're wrong. Pure and simple.
Data's data. Program files and operating system files are not data.
Data is stored in files. You can encrypt individual files and folders
and still be in compliance with any federal mandate or guideline.  There
is NO mandate or guideline that says the entire drive must be encrypted.

Again, encrypting hard drives are a good thing, but don't spread FUD.
Let the facts speak for themselves. Encrypting the entire hard drive is
one solution for protecting confidential files, but it isn't the only
solution. And it certainly isn't the only one accepted by law or

-----Original Message-----
From: Saqib Ali [mailto:docbook.xml () gmail com] 
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 12:28 PM
To: Roger A. Grimes
Cc: security-basics
Subject: Re: List of Full Disc Encryption products

On 7/5/06, Roger A. Grimes <roger () banneretcs com> wrote:
I don't believe your second sentence. Prove me wrong. What mandate 
says that full hard drive encryption is mandatory versus just 
encrypting the necessary files and folders?  Give me the law and

OK. See:
1) http://digg.com/security/U.S._gov_t_mandates_laptop_security
2) http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda/fy2006/m06-16.pdf

Bullet #1 from the PDF reads:
1) Encrypt "all" data on mobile computers/devices which carry agency
data unless the data is determined to be non-sensitive, in writing, by
your Deputy Secretary or an individual he/she may designate in writing;

So encrypting certain files on the laptop will NOT suffice. You have to
encrypt "All Data".

If you are NOT encrypting partial data on the device, you have to get an
written exception from the Deputy Secretary.

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