Hitachi ID Password Manager enables users whose PC is protected with drive encryption software, who have forgotten their pre-boot password, to unlock their PC using an app previously installed on their iOS or Android phone.

The process for encrypted drive unlock is as follows:

  1. The user selects the "unlock" user interface at the boot prompt of the drive encryption software. Note that this is available before the operating system boots.
  2. The user launches the Hitachi ID Mobile Access app on his phone and signs in, for example by answering security questions.
  3. The encryption software on the user's PC displays a challenge code, which the user enters into his phone.
  4. The app displays a response code, which the user enters into his PC.
  5. This unlocks the PC, which proceeds to the OS boot process.

The series of screen captures from a phone in Figure [link] illustrates this process.

Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite mobile application -- unlock pre-boot password

Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite mobile application -- unlock pre-boot password

Connectors are included for the following drive encryption products:

  • CheckPoint Endpoint Full Disk Encryption.
  • McAfee SafeBoot / Complete Data Protection.
  • Microsoft BitLocker.
  • Sophos Safeguard Enterprise Server.
  • Symantec Drive Encryption (PGP).
  • Symantec Endpoint Encryption.
Hitachi ID Systems is interested in adding connectors to similar products based on customer demand.