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Google encryption fills holes in Lion Server encryption

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week Google said Apple's Lion Server disk encryption isn't good enough for enterprise and provided its own open source add-on. Google released Cauliflower Vest, an open source tool specifically for automating the enabling of FileVault 2 encryption in enterprise settings for Lion Server and its clients. At its open source blog, Google described why Lion Server's disk encryption inadequate for enterprise:

While the new FileVault 2 offering is very well suited to consumers, some enterprises may equire additional features that are not provided out of the box. For example, FileVault 2 encryption is initiated voluntarily by users, lacks enforcement, and, by default, escrows recovery keys to Apple's central server. It also relies on individual Apple IDs, which cannot be managed as a group.

Cauliflower Vest addresses these issues by providing three functions to Lion Server administrators:

  • Forcefully enable FileVault 2 encryption
  • Automatically escrow recovery keys to a secure Google App Engine server
  • Delegate secure access to recovery keys so that volumes may be unlocked or reverted

This first release of Cauliflower Vest includes an escrow service, a GUI client, and a web-based management portal. Google said that it's own employees are currently using Cauliflower Vest.

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