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  • Blog Post: New pre-release version of the EFS Assistant tool available on Codeplex

    We have migrated development of the EFS Assistant tool to Microsoft's Codeplex site. To celebrate, we have posted a pre-release version of the EFS Assistant on the site. This version incorporates feedback we got from customers and internal reviewers. The EFS Assistant page on Codeplex is here: http...
  • Blog Post: EFS Assistant RC1 is now available!

    The Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance team has released its first release candidate for the Microsoft Encrypting File System Assistant 1.0 (EFS Assistant). This tool helps centrally control EFS encryption on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista clients. You can download the Release Candidate...
  • Blog Post: EFS Assistant Updated: RC2 now available on CodePlex

    We have made a few bug fixes to the EFS Assistant tool and its Administrator's Guide. We have posted new versions to our CodePlex site at http://www.codeplex.com/EFSAssistant . Please let me know if you find any bugs or you get any error messages when you run the tool.
  • Blog Post: My project team releases the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs Executive Overview

    My project team is pleased to announce the release of the Executive Overview for our newest Solution Accelerator, the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs. A free Solution Accelerator from Microsoft, the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs provides tested guidance and powerful tools to help you...
  • Blog Post: Stay up to date with the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

    If you want to stay up to date with my Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs project, visit https://connect.microsoft.com/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=790&InvitationID=DESA-QYGY-T4HB&SiteID=14 . If you sign up here you will be notified of any significant updates.
  • Blog Post: Chalk talk completed...

    The first thing I had to do at Tech Ed this year was a chalk talk on the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs that I just finished. The session was pretty heavily attended, with all chairs filled and lots of folks sitting on the sides and standing in the back. Basically, I talked about the DET for...
  • Blog Post: Protecting your mobile PCs using BitLocker and EFS - New Guidance Released!

    My team recently released a new guide on Technet focused on protecting data on mobile PCs. The Security Analysis is part of the Microsoft Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs that is being released in phases over the next couple of months. The Security Analysis can be found at http://go.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a few good devs...

    Are you an IT administrator who wants to do some development on the side? Are you a developer who is interested in IT administration? We're looking for you! My team has created a tool called the EFS Assistant and are putting the source code out on CodePlex (see http://www.codeplex.com/EFSAssistant...
  • Blog Post: Beta Available for the Data Encryption Toolkit including the EFS Assistant

    The Solution Accelerators for Security and Compliance (SA-SC) team is currently developing the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs (DET). The Toolkit is a collection of guidance and tools designed to help you address specific data security risks that are related to laptop computers. By implementing...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs

    I am happy to announce that the we have released the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs. This solution accelerator is designed to help you understand the encryption options that Microsoft provides that can help protect laptop data (BitLocker and Encrypting File System), and then deploy and operate...
  • Blog Post: Stop by and say "Hi" at Tech Ed

    If you are going to be at Tech Ed the week after next, I'd love to meet you. I'll be doing a TLC chalk talk session at 10:30 on Monday entitled "Your Customers' Laptop Data Is at Risk! Protecting Customer Data with the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs" (SEC01-TLC). The rest of the time I'll be...
  • Blog Post: Beta version of tool for enforcing EFS encryption is shipping next week

    One of the major downsides to EFS, especially from an administrator's point of view, is that it is difficult to manage centrally. My team is creating a tool that will help address that situation. We call this tool the EFS Assistant. Basically, the EFS Assistant is a small software application that is...