RHEL 8 systems handling data requiring 'data at rest' protections must employ cryptographic mechanisms to prevent unauthorized disclosure and modification of the information at rest. Selection of a cryptographic mechanism is based on the need to protect the integrity of organizational information. The strength of the mechanism is commensurate with the security category and/or classification of the information. Organizations have the flexibility to either encrypt all information on storage devices (i.e., full disk encryption) or encrypt specific data structures (e.g., files, records, or fields). Satisfies: SRG-OS-000185-GPOS-00079, SRG-OS-000404-GPOS-00183, SRG-OS-000405-GPOS-00184 NOTE: Nessus has provided the target output to assist in reviewing the benchmark to ensure target compliance.
Configure RHEL 8 to prevent unauthorized modification of all information at rest by using disk encryption. Encrypting a partition in an already installed system is more difficult, because existing partitions will need to be resized and changed. To encrypt an entire partition, dedicate a partition for encryption in the partition layout.