Can I use Cibecs with Bitlocker?


Can I use Cibecs for backup, restore, and encryption with Bitlocker enabled on the device?


The short answer is Yes.


BitLocker is the Windows encryption technology that protects your data from unauthorized access by encrypting your drive and requiring one or more factors of authentication before it will unlock it. Windows will require a BitLocker recovery key when it detects a possible unauthorized attempt to access the data.

The Cibecs Agent runs as the user which means that when the user can access the drive the Cibecs Agent can also access the drive and its contents.

Cibecs Encryption makes use of Microsft's EFS Encryption that can run together with Bitlocker.

EFS Encryption is a file-level encryption method that means that the file is encrypted by making use of an encryption certificate that has a public and private key to encrypt and decrypt the data.

Because Cibecs makes use of file-level encryption it will by no means interfere with Bitlocker encryption. Cibecs and Bitlocker encryption can both be enabled at the same time for protection.


How to enable Bitlocker.

  1. Click Start , click Control Panel, click System and Security (if the control panel items are listed by category), and then click BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  2. Click Turn on BitLocker.

    turn on BitLocker
  3. BitLocker scans your computer to verify that it meets the system requirements.
    • If your computer meets the system requirements, the setup wizard continues with the BitLocker Startup Preferences in step 8.
    • If preparations need to be made to your computer to turn on BitLocker, they are displayed. Click Next.
    preparations to enable BitLocker
  4. If prompted to do so, remove any CDs, DVDs, and USB flash drives from your computer and then click Shutdown.

    message to remove CDs, DVDs, or USB drives and then shut down
  5. Turn your computer back on after shutdown. Follow the instructions in the message to continue initializing the TMP. (The message varies, depending on the computer manufacturer).

    restart message
  6. If your computer shuts down again, turn it back on.
  7. The BitLocker setup wizard resumes atomically. Click Next.

    BitLocker wizard resumes
  8. When the BitLocker startup preferences page is displayed, click Require a PIN at every startup.

    BitLocker startup preferences
  9. Enter a PIN from 8 to 20 characters long and then enter it again in the Confirm PIN field. Click Set PIN.
    Note: You will need to enter your PIN each time you start your computer.

    set PIN
  10. To store your recovery key, select Print the recovery key and then click Next.
    Note: Make sure your computer is connected to a printer.

    select where you want to store your recovery key
  11. Print a copy of your recovery key.

    print recovery key
  12. You will be prompted to restart your computer to start the encryption process. You can use your computer while your drive is being encrypted.