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"The hard drive encryption is very good.""There's a lot of manageability within the solution. This is very helpful.""The ease of use is the most valuable feature. The ability to import data to build your frontend on top of the data is very simple and very useable.""The most important aspect of this solution is that if your laptop gets stolen, the information is encrypted.""The most valuable feature is the simplicity and integration with the Microsoft Clouds platform.""I liked the way it works with our Microsoft tools. As we roll out Intune, we can validate if the device has been encrypted, and if not, we can push it down. It is pretty simple to deploy.""It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.""We have not seen any bugs or glitches, so the stability is good."

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"The solution has a great VPN.""The malware protection and the scanning features are most valuable in this solution.""It's quite easy to integrate Safeguard with BitLocker""The features that I have found most valuable are encryption tools that encrypt the hard disk and the USB sticks.""I like the support most of all.""The intrusion detection system.""I like its ease of use the most. The management console is really nice. I like having one pane of glass that does everything. It does the Sophos anti-virus and encryption. Everything that you need is in one place. It is easy to use, and it is also pretty fast. It provides some pretty good details, and it lets you know who has access to a file. You can also add additional people to the encrypted documents, which is pretty good. Its stability and performance are also very good.""Security-wise, it's one of the best."

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"User profiles can be improved so that people can create their own passwords. It has one password per machine, which is a problem. We would prefer each user to have his or her own boot password. Each user can have a username and password or biometrics, such as fingerprints and iris scanner, integrated into the boot process, but I really can't see that coming anytime soon, if ever.""At the end of it all, we are looking for something that can be easier to manage.""The biggest one for us is revoking access. So, even though someone downloads something to a device, we want the ability to cloak that device or data and bring it back or make that data unusable for that person. Currently, BitLocker doesn't give us that ability. It basically encrypts it. We're seeing if identity management or IAM allows us to do that. We're kind of looking at third-party software that does that for us.""Lacks a portal that can be managed rather than just existing.""It is not good for cross-compatibility, so our Mac users are not able to use it.""The console GUI could be better.""I would recommend BitLocker only because of the economic side, not the technical side. If the features were included in the already existing licenses I would use it. If not, I would recommend other products.""It's possible that the time it takes to pull items in to BitLocker could be reduced a bit."

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"There are times that this solution takes up too much memory that needs to be resolved. If it is not fixed it will definitely create issues in the future.""It's a good product, but some are not happy with the boot BCN, and the point-to-point VPN requires the best protection.""It just needs a little bit more on the reporting side. Its reporting can be improved a little bit in terms of being able to know that things are in the right status. I should be able to pull a report to make sure that everything is all right. It could also have cloud integration. At the time I was using it, it wasn't a cloud product.""It would be ideal if the solution had different features within one agent.""If it's possible, they should make all the features available because it's got a lot of features on offer, but you have to buy the license in order to add those features to the normal Endpoint. If they could make all those features available and/or offer a bundling option it would be better.""The integration could be a little better.""The security does not have 100% authentication.""The Office 360 integration could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost of this solution is bundled in with part of the subscription for the Microsoft Cloud. We have users subscribed to Enterprise E5 and it comes with E5"
  • "The price of this solution should be more competitive."
  • "BitLocker is included in our license and doesn't cost us anything extra."
  • "It is free. It is enabled as part of the operating system. Once you have an operating system license, you're licensed for Bitlocker."
  • "I don't know the costs. In terms of Microsoft licensing, we are at E3 on the business, and we're in the process of pricing out and moving to E5. So, a lot of this is included within our licensing agreements."
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  • "We have a yearly license with Sophos which is around $1000-$1200 or so per annum. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fee."
  • "Licensing is on a yearly basis and the pricing could be better."
  • "It would be great if the price of the solution was lower than the current price. If we are to sell this particular solution to smaller businesses and not just enterprise businesses it needs to be lower."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Beware to make backup of useful data, then use reverse decryption policy from Symantec panel/McAfee ePO to decrypt the DE partitions while it is sometimes more straightforward and faster to reinstall… more »
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    Microsoft BitLocker is very intuitive and easy to maintain. It is basically the global standard solution for drive encryption and successfully fulfills regulatory needs in terms of data protection… more »
    Top Answer: 
    Microsoft BitLocker is very intuitive and easy to maintain. It is basically the global standard solution for drive encryption and it successfully fulfills regulatory needs in terms of data protection… more »
    Top Answer: 
    We need to pay for this solution currently, however, if we switch to Bitlocker, it would be free as it's a part of Microsoft's OS.
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    The solution's ability to integrate with other solutions, such as a DLP, should be addressed.
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    Also Known As
    BitLocker, MS BitLocker
    SafeGuard, SafeGuard Encryption
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    BitLocker is Microsoft's full disk encryption solution, which protects all of your data from theft, hacking or loss. BitLocker does this by encrypting the entire drive that hosts your Windows operating system and all your data.

    BitLocker is available for all devices, including portable storage devices (such as external hard drives and USB flash drives). These portable devices are supported by a feature called BitLocker To Go, which is included in Windows 7 and 8, and in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. In Windows XP, encrypted devices can be read, but not written to, using the BitLocker To Go Reader program.

    Protect your confidential information and comply with regulatory mandates safely and securely with SafeGuard Enterprise, Utimaco's comprehensive modular information protection platform. SafeGuard Enterprise is a modular information protection control platform that enforces policy-based security for PCs and mobile devices across mixed environments. SafeGuard Enterprise offers full transparency to end-users and is easy to administer from a single central console.
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    Sample Customers
    ACV, Proaxis Therapy, Choice Hotels International, adnymics GmbH, Intermedia, NMBS/SNCB
    Rushmoor Borough Council
    Top Industries
    Insurance Company18%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Renewables & Environment Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Insurance Company20%
    Marketing Services Firm20%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Non Tech Company10%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Microsoft BitLocker is ranked 1st in Endpoint Encryption with 12 reviews while Sophos SafeGuard is ranked 3rd in Endpoint Encryption with 11 reviews. Microsoft BitLocker is rated 7.2, while Sophos SafeGuard is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft BitLocker writes "Brings us in compliance, works with our Microsoft tools, and is pretty simple to deploy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos SafeGuard writes "An excellent endpoint solution that's easy to setup, very stable, and highly secure". Microsoft BitLocker is most compared with McAfee Complete Data Protection, ESET Endpoint Encryption, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption and Vormetric Data Security Platform, whereas Sophos SafeGuard is most compared with Vormetric Data Security Platform, Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, Cisco Secure Endpoint and McAfee Complete Data Protection. See our Microsoft BitLocker vs. Sophos SafeGuard report.

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