Need to secure and encrypt drive on network

By steve ·

I am looking for a security product to protect data on a small local network as follows.

We have an Admin p.c. on the LAN that has a second drive that is allocated to users on the network which stores ms access databases for individuals.
1) We would like to be able to encrypt the whole drive during out of office hours and so protect data from being copied and also cloned which would be decrypted by the Admin user during office hours.
2) We would also like to further encrypt each users ms database on the drive to prevent users accessing colleagues databases.
3) 2 levels of password protection.
a) Top Level (this would allow i.t. support to override admin password settings in the event of the administrator leaving the company)
b) Admin Level ( to allow the administrator to set passwords for users )

Does anybody have any ideas or sugestions I look forward to your comments.

Steve Buchanan

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Try TrueCrypt - it's free

by hhall1001 In reply to Need to secure and encryp ...

I have used Truecrypt for over a year. It works very well, is free, and is easy to use. It in effect creates a virtual partition on a disk drive. When the encripted partition (just a file) is "mounted", Windows or Linux sees a new drive that you can use like any other drive. When it is unmounted windows sees a large file. You can create serveral such files and each will appear as a different drive when mounted together.

Here is part of the description from their web site:

Main Features:

* Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.

* Encrypts an entire hard disk partition or a storage device such as USB flash drive.

* Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.

Here is their site:

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Disk encryption

by steve In reply to Try TrueCrypt - it's free

Thanks hhall1001, will give it a look

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by barneklm In reply to Need to secure and encryp ...

The best program for drive encryption, which happens to be free, is truecrypt. It can be found at

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