Storage of the Harddisk and Floppy encryption keys

  • Article ID: 101308
  • Updated: 27 Jun 2009

SafeGuard Easy multi-platform 4.5x

Client OS

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP

Server OS

Windows 2000


Are the harddisk or floppy disk encryption keys stored on the harddisk?


All keys are kept in a secure encrypted area of the SafeGuard Easy kernel encrypted under a "key encryption key" (KEK). The KEK itself is not stored on the harddisk, but derived at run-time from the password which the user enters at the PBA logon.

Without the correct password, the keys and therefore the data cannot be decrypted and the disk/floppy remains perfectly safe.

SafeGuard Easy has undergone in it's history several official security evaluations of ITSEC and Common Criteria which have confirmed the cryptographic security of the product.

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