Posted in security Fri, 30 May 2008 07:20:00 GMT
This article was initially focused on the T61p's fingerprint reader and IronKey; however, I've expanded it to cover other options as well. Since the fingerprint reader has turned out to have little value in the way of security, I've turned my attention to the bulk encryption hard drives and encrypting file systems.
I've been discussing IronKey; however, other hardware crypto tokens such as smart cards and USB tokens may also be solutions.
After playing with the ThinkPad T61p fingerprint reader, I got thinking whether it would be useful to tie an IronKey USB key to the laptop fingerprint reader and/or require the IronKey to be present for the ThinkPad to boot. Furthermore, the laptop's hard drive could be encrypted by a key stored on the IronKey. Some interesting things to think about.
Does anyone know how secure the ThinkPad fingerprint reader actually is? The NotebookReview Forum has a thread fingerprint readers.Read more...