SecureDoc Full Disk Encryption
Strengths: Many configurable options
Weaknesses: Management console is confusing at first
Verdict: We have been watching this company for years and this is typical of its solid products
SecureDoc Full Disk Encryption from WinMagic offers highly configurable full-scale encryption for the enterprise environment. It can deploy encryption easily to hard drives, USB removable media and CDs or DVDs using a sector-by-sector encryption approach.
We found this product to be a straightforward install but there were many steps to getting the initial server set up. This takes just a few minutes but the configuration can take a little longer to get everything up and running. Clients can be deployed efficiently through an Active Directory Group Policy software package installation.
Management is all done through the WinMagic Enterprise Server management console. We found this to be slightly awkward to use at first and had to run through the quick deployment guide in its entirety to understand how to configure profiles and navigate our way around the product. However, we found it offers a great amount of flexibility and numerous policy options, including the ability to modify the Windows GINA, as well as automate many encryption settings.
Documentation consisted of a few PDF manuals for both the administrative and user side. A short quick deployment guide provided the steps necessary to install the product and get a feel for how to get a base configuration up and running. The user manual is really the administrative guide and it details advanced configuration and how to use the features. A client user guide provided both administrative and user instructions for configuring and using the client.
We found all manuals to be well organised and easy to follow, with many screenshots and clear step-by-step instructions.
WinMagic includes the first year of support in the purchase of the product. After the first year customers can purchase additional support through an annual program. Options offered include access to an online knowledgebase and phone and email help. Access to upgrades, patches and service releases is also provided.
At a price just over £70 per user for 100 users we find SecureDoc Full Disk Encryption to be good value for the money. It offers a good feature set with many configuration options for encryption and data protection throughout the enterprise.