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"It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.""The solution works the way it's supposed to - stability and scalability are fine.""We have not seen any bugs or glitches, so the stability is good.""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.""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.""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.""There's a lot of manageability within the solution. This is very helpful."

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"I like the management aspect of this solution. You don't want to have end-users tweak or set it themselves, so the fact that you could do it from a central point helped us a lot.""The solution is pretty stable.""The solution is great for large-scale deployments.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""In general terms, it is working properly and according to our expectations. The comfort of feeling secure is the most valuable. Some customers had certain fears about changing the product because no one wants to lose any kind of information or to have some problems or inconsistencies while migrating from one product to another.""We have been very satisfied with the solution's security capabilities.""You get updates and other encrypted files easily.""The installation process is pretty straightforward."

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"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.""The console GUI could be better.""It's possible that the time it takes to pull items in to BitLocker could be reduced a bit.""Lacks a portal that can be managed rather than just existing.""The people at the first level of support refer you to articles that do not pertain to the problem at hand.""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 visualization could be better."

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"Its decryption time needs to be improved. Currently, its decryption time is very long, and it takes double time than encryption. They need to work on that. Its encryption time is fine.""More features need to be included in the encryption software.""The security could be improved.""What I didn't find helpful in the version we used is the fact that all devices had to be on the same network for us to push through the encryption.""The initial setup is a bit complex.""Symantec Endpoint Encryption can improve by being more secure.""Its remote deployment should be improved. Currently, there is no remote deployment for Symantec Endpoint Encryption. You have to install it manually. There are some issues with AD integration and the time taken to reflect a password on the Endpoint Encryption Manager when a new user has changed the password, but they are already working on these issues, and these will be resolved in the next release.""The solution does slow down the device a little bit, once it's installed."

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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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  • "The license is not very expensive."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
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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 »
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    The installation process is pretty straightforward.
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    The licensing is pretty high. They need to fix it so that they are more competitive. The customer needs to pay the cost of the license on a yearly basis.
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    The only challenge which I see is that they are no longer the major market player. They have too high of a price tag. That's why they're losing the market share. Technical support needs to be better… more »
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    Also Known As
    BitLocker, MS BitLocker
    Symantec Drive 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.

    Symantec Drive Encryption, powered by PGP technology provides organizations with strong full-disk and removable media encryption and the ability to integrate with Symantec Data Loss Prevention. Intuitive management enables enterprise scale deployments and features compliance-based, out-of-the-box reporting plus customizable reports. Management capabilities include support for native OS encryption (FileVault2) and Opal compliant self-encrypting drives.
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    Sample Customers
    ACV, Proaxis Therapy, Choice Hotels International, adnymics GmbH, Intermedia, NMBS/SNCB
    Citrix Systems Inc., City of Lansing, Commercial & Industrial Property, France T_l_visions, Fujian Mobile Co. Ltd., Group Lotus plc, Hall Booth Smith & Slover, P.C. (HBSS), Portugal Telecom, PostFinance, Public Pension Agency
    Top Industries
    Insurance Company18%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Renewables & Environment Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Financial Services Firm50%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
    Construction Company8%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BitLocker vs. Symantec Endpoint Encryption and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Microsoft BitLocker is ranked 1st in Endpoint Encryption with 12 reviews while Symantec Endpoint Encryption is ranked 2nd in Endpoint Encryption with 11 reviews. Microsoft BitLocker is rated 7.2, while Symantec Endpoint Encryption is rated 7.8. 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 Symantec Endpoint Encryption writes "Stable, secure, and works as per our expectations". Microsoft BitLocker is most compared with McAfee Complete Data Protection, ESET Endpoint Encryption, Sophos SafeGuard, Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption and Vormetric Data Security Platform, whereas Symantec Endpoint Encryption is most compared with McAfee Complete Data Protection, ESET Endpoint Encryption, Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption, Cisco Secure Endpoint and Sophos SafeGuard. See our Microsoft BitLocker vs. Symantec Endpoint Encryption report.

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