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What is WinMagic SecureDoc?
SecureDoc is used by some of the world's largest organizations. By simplifying data security we can help save time and reduce costs associated with security management. At the end of the day, we make data security easy.

WinMagic SecureDoc was previously known as SecureDoc.

WinMagic SecureDoc Customers
NEC Group,Export Development Canada, SecureDoc University of Guelph, Swiss Bank, Suva (Swiss Accident Insurance), Money Partners (UK), Children's Hospital of Denver, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Arch Chemicals
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it_user774159 - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Provides DLP and security of all company data on workstations, however we had issues with deployment on legacy-formatted drives

What is most valuable?

The Central Management server.

How has it helped my organization?

Provides DLP and security of all company data on workstations.

What needs improvement?

MacOS X is missing features. OS X High Sierra is still not supported.

For how long have I used the solution?

11 months.
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What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We had issues with deployment on legacy-formatted drives so make sure you know how your drives are formatted. The vendor does not recommend using legacy-formatted drives.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had issues at my organization with certain workstations still on Legacy BIOS formatted drives. It is highly recommended to use UEFI/GPT with this product, especially on anything after Windows 7.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, we have roughly 1,000 workstations, but a single server supports up to 100,000. 

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is very good. They were able to recommend a fix for a database connectivity issue that we had which was self-inflicted. The support engineer was actually able to recommend the fix, segmenting our virtual environment on separate VLANs, which ended up solving the issue.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?


How was the initial setup?

Fairly straightforward. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing and pricing is on par with the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Check Point.

What other advice do I have?

Know how your drives are formatted. Do not jump into this without extensive testing on all supported workstations.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user8931 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
How We Chose SED + WinMagic's SecureDoc For Full Disk Encryption

What if your organization’s leadership directed you to deploy an enterprise encryption solution in 120 days?  Could you do it?

I received that message in May 2011 and our basic business goals were full disk encryption (FDE), low laptop performance impact, and low administrative overhead (easy to support).  Our IT organization is pretty lean and our fear was introducing the encryption solution would dramatically increase our support requirements to our end users.

We began researching the industry and came up with some exciting concepts.  From

1.  Transparency: No system or application modifications required; encryption key generated in the factory by on-drive random number process; drive is always encrypting.

2.  Ease of management: No encryption key to manage; software vendors exploit standardized interface to manage SEDs, including remote management, pre-boot authentication, and password recovery

3.  Disposal or re-purposing cost: With an SED, erase on-board encryption key

4.  Re-encryption: With SED, there is no need to ever re-encrypt the data

5.  Performance: No degradation in SED performance; hardware-based

6.  Standardization: Whole drive industry is building to the TCG/SED specifications

7.  Simplified: No interference with upstream processes.

Selection results from August 2011:

  • Product




    Wave Technologies - Dell recommended technology.
    - Supports SED drives.
    - Sales staff helpful and knowledgeable.
    - Not web-based.
    - Multiple applications.
    - Deployment rocky during test deployment.
    - Most expensive solution.

    Performed a test but testing team did not choose due to the multiple applications required to manage the encryption functions, not intuitive to manage, and cost/value questions.

    Microsoft - Easy to deploy and with MDOP, very manageable!
    - Enforceable through AD GPO.
    - Does not support SED technologies
    - Poor reporting / auditing.
    Did not test as the solution did not meet technical requirements, although testing team liked the solution.

    Symantec - Solid web demo.
    - Likeable UI, easy to use.
    - Sales people not very excited by SED drive support.  Tried pushing us to software client.
    Did not test as there was a perceived uncertainty from sales staff that made us uncomfortable.

    McAfee - Another solid web demo.
    - UI consistent with every other McAfee product.
    - Awesome sales staff.  Super helpful.
    - Bloated client and administration console.
    - Really only a contender if using other McAfee products.
    - No SED drive support.

    Performed a test but did not choose due to a EPO Orchestrator requirement and lack of SED drive support.

    Credant - Dell recommended technology.
    - Supports SED drives (Seagate and OPAL).
    - Very knowledgeable sales staff.
    - Horrid UI.  Inconsistent.  Font was super small.
    - Credant initially offered to send us an engineer to help us get the test environment up, but reneged.  When we ran into trouble, took us a long time to resolve.
    - Cost/value questions.

    Performed a test but did not choose due to difficulty with getting the test environment running and successfully managing SED drives.  2nd highest cost.
    WinMagic - Easy to install, configure, and deploy.  Testing went quick.
    - Full SED drive support (both Seagate and OPAL support)
    - Support for Intel Anti-Theft using vPro technology
    - 80s UI
    - Easy to get overwhelmed due to the multitude of features and options.
    - Was on the cusp of a buy-out from Trend Micro.  Rumors flying around of staff reductions and viable future.
    Performed a test and was product was chosen.  3rd highest cost, but met all requirements.


  • WinMagic’s SecureDoc was selected and we began the next phase… deployment. 

  • Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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