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Encryption in a Windows Environment: EFS File, 802.1x Wireless, IPSec Transport, and S/MIME Exchange by Rand Morimoto

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Section 4. Implementing Encrypted File System (EFS)

File system encryption is an important security function in that the process not only limits who has access to secured data files, but it also encrypts the content of the files so that even if a system is compromised, the data is encrypted and cannot be easily accessed.

With the creation of the AutoEnroll user template in the previous section, certificate-based EFS encryption is automatically configured for users managed by the defined group policy.

Encrypting Files Using Certificates

The file encryption process is initiated by a user choosing a file or folders and noting that the file(s) should be encrypted. To encrypt files, do the following:

  1. Double-click on My Computer from the desktop ...

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