Kaspersky Endpoint Security 12 for Windows

Decryption of removable drives

25 April 2024

ID 123500

You can use a policy to decrypt a removable drive. A policy with defined settings for removable drive encryption is generated for a specific administration group. Therefore, the result of data decryption on removable drives depends on the computer to which the removable drive is connected.

To decrypt removable drives:

  1. Open the Kaspersky Security Center Administration Console.
  2. In the console tree, select Policies.
  3. Select the necessary policy and double-click to open the policy properties.
  4. In the policy window, select Data EncryptionEncryption of removable drives.
  5. If you want to decrypt all encrypted files that are stored on removable drives, in the Encryption mode drop-down list select Decrypt entire removable drive.
  6. To decrypt data that is stored on individual removable drives, edit the encryption rules for removable drives whose data you want to decrypt. To do so:
    1. In the list of removable drives for which encryption rules have been configured, select an entry corresponding to the removable drive you need.
    2. Click the Set a rule button to edit the encryption rule for the selected removable drive.
    3. In the context menu of the Set a rule button, select the Decrypt entire removable drive item.
  7. Save your changes.

As a result, if a user connects a removable drive or if it is already connected, Kaspersky Endpoint Security decrypts the removable drive. The application warns the user that the decryption process may take some time. If the user initiates safe removal of a removable drive during data decryption, Kaspersky Endpoint Security interrupts the data decryption process and allows removal of the removable drive before the decryption operation has finished. Data decryption will be continued the next time the removable drive is connected to the computer.

If decryption of a removable drive failed, view the Data Encryption report in the Kaspersky Endpoint Security interface. Access to files may be blocked by another application. In this case, try unplugging the removable drive from the computer and connecting it again.

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