The Cost Of Full Disk Encryption

Posted by Charles Edge on October 23rd, 2015

There are a number of tools that you can use to encrypt a Mac. Many of these cost around $100 per year, per system. And these days, most of the tools for the Mac simply use the built-in options in OS X, which leverage a technology called FileVault. These options include enabling the encryption process, defining a place to put keys to decrypt a drive if you need them, and configuring basic options for the keys.

Did you know Bushel can do much of this for you? The way Bushel does this is pretty straight forward. You simply enable the Disk Encryption toggle on the Device Security tab of the Settings page.

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Then, any device that hasn’t already been encrypted will start the encryption process and save the key back to your Bushel account. That key is available in the device page for any device in the account where Bushel enabled encryption. If there are devices that had FileVault enabled before they were added to your Bushel account, if you want those keys escrowed in Bushel, you will need to disable FileVault on the device (which requires about an hour or two hour decryption process that doesn’t hamper a user’s ability to work) and then re-enable FileVault through Bushel. Once done, you’ll see the keys for the device.

Overall, encryption is a very easy feature to use. And we would recommend doing so pretty much universally. If you only used this feature of Bushel, you’d still be saving around $75 per computer over industry standard tools. We recommend only using those if your business requirements have you performing tasks that Bushel can’t.