Re: dual password for file/folder encryption

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 3:23 PM, Tariq Khan <Tariq.Khan@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi all

I am looking for encryption software. Here's the story (bear with me),
we role out laptops and desktops for staff members and we would like by
default to have a folder which is encrypted and anything dropped (saved)
into that folder is automatically encrypted. Now, the idea is that we
set the master password on the folder (which should filter down to the
files), so when the users "put and pull" from the folder they are asked
for a password which they can set them selves. You may be wondering
"why", well in case of an employee leaving "under a cloud" or has not
informed us of the password for their files and folders within the
default encryption folder we can get to the folder and any files within
it with our master password. Apart from the fact that a lot of our staff
are forever forgetting their passwords.

I have tried some software but they do not have the option for a master
password which can override user set passwords.

I hope all that made sense. I would really appreciate any help.

Thank you

Tariq Khan

Information Security Analyst
Corporate Systems Group
Thames Valley University

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This will really depend on the level of encryption and the Operating
System environment in which you are operating. From the Microsoft
perspective, the EFS (Encrypted Files System) can achieve this in an
Active Directory environment. But beware here, because EFS has flaws
which renders it useless in some environments (ie while the files are
opened over a network, or sitting in the paging file). With Active
Directory you would setup a recovery agent (by default this would be
the built-in domain admin account) whom is able to recover files
encrypted by domain users. This would not recover files encrypted by
local machines, and it would require cached logins for mobile workers
(which can be a security vulnerability also).

Not many people serious about encryption/security rely on an EFS setup
unless there is not budget. But, it is there, and it does provide
some level of encryption.

That said, have a look at Bestcrypt Corporate. This product should
help you achieve your requirement.

All the underlying functions with encryption at the moment rely on
certificates/signatures. It is quite important to understand the
fundamentals of how this setup works before purchasing in to a
product. Try not to think of the data security in terms of passwords,
but certificates that apply encryption.

Warm Regards,