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"The most valuable feature is the simplicity and integration with the Microsoft Clouds platform.""The most important aspect of this solution is that if your laptop gets stolen, the information is encrypted.""It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.""The hard drive encryption is very good.""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.""The most valuable feature is the TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which makes the PC security stronger because somebody who is not from the team cannot access the PC without the decryption PIN.""It is free and native to the OS. We don't have to worry about upgrades or maintaining the product. You encrypt the disk, and you save the recovery key. That's it. The person puts their password in, and after that, it is up to them. If they forget their password, they have to bring it in to get it unlocked.""We have not seen any bugs or glitches, so the stability is good."

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"The most valuable feature is the synchronized security. It's a unique feature on the market at this time only offered by Sophos. As a reseller, we often win bids and get clients because of this unique trademark feature.""The intrusion detection system.""Security-wise, it's one of the best.""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.""It's the best solution on the market.""With Sophos, I only need to generate the password and give that to a user to be able to allow them to login to the admin page of the Endpoint and do whatever they need to do. The user cannot go ahead and uninstall it. It's kept us much more secure because of this. Should any event happen on a particular system, I'm given the username and the system IP address. I get notifications and can deal with issues right away.""The malware protection and the scanning features are most valuable in this solution.""The features that I have found most valuable are encryption tools that encrypt the hard disk and the USB sticks."

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Cons
"The visualization could be better.""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.""The solution should offer encryption for other items such as shared folders, removable media, etc.""Lacks a portal that can be managed rather than just existing.""I would like to be able to encrypt our cloud tenancy.""It is not good for cross-compatibility, so our Mac users are not able to use it.""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.""It's possible that the time it takes to pull items in to BitLocker could be reduced a bit."

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"The Office 360 integration could be improved.""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.""In the next release, I would like to see more automation with the endpoint logging, but it's a special feature that is quite complicated to explain.""The security does not have 100% authentication.""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.""When you have the PPM chipset, you can have the power-on authentication, when you boot up your machine, you can set the six-digit passcode. As of right now, SafeGuard can't manage the six-digit passcode in terms of the expiration, and I need that added as a feature.""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 would be ideal if the solution had different features within one agent."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's not about pricing, because we are working with Enterprise companies that already have Windows Enterprise, so BitLocker comes already included as a Windows feature. It's free for Enterprise users. The price is only for deployment. The customer will pay for McAfee, however.""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""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.""BitLocker is included in our license and doesn't cost us anything extra.""The price of this solution should be more competitive.""This solution is included with Microsoft Server and my clients did not have to pay for anything extra."

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"Licensing is on a yearly basis and the pricing could be better.""The licenses are dependant on the number of users and computers you have to protect.""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.""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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: 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: It's a straightforward solution for encryption.
Top Answer: It's a straightforward solution.
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.
Top Answer: BitLocker comes from the OS license with Windows. It's a free solution. However, Sophos is a product we need to pay for. Therefore, using it is more expensive for our organization. It's also, in… more »
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Overview

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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ACV, Proaxis Therapy, Choice Hotels International, adnymics GmbH, Intermedia, NMBS/SNCB
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Top Industries
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Insurance Company18%
Healthcare Company18%
Renewables & Environment Company18%
Financial Services Firm18%
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Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Insurance Company22%
Marketing Services Firm22%
Financial Services Firm22%
Non Tech Company11%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government8%
Wholesaler/Distributor6%
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Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business61%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BitLocker vs. Sophos SafeGuard and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Microsoft BitLocker is ranked 1st in Endpoint Encryption with 14 reviews while Sophos SafeGuard is ranked 4th in Endpoint Encryption with 10 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, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, ESET Endpoint Encryption, Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption and WinMagic SecureDoc, whereas Sophos SafeGuard is most compared with Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption, Cisco Secure Endpoint, Symantec Endpoint Encryption, McAfee Complete Data Protection and Digital Guardian. See our Microsoft BitLocker vs. Sophos SafeGuard report.

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