- Encryption protects the contents of a computer's hard drive by encoding the data so that it cannot be read without the proper "key".
- The encryption protocol we use protects the data even if the hard drive is removed from its computer and connected to another device.
- Protects vital college data from theft or disclosure.
- Prevents liability for a data breach if a computer containing sensitive data were to be lost or stolen.
- At this time, computers used by high risk users (employees who have access to certain categories of data) must be encrypted.
- Other existing computers may be encrypted at the discretion of the user or department.
- Eventually all campus office computers will be encrypted by default; most new computers are encrypted at the time of delivery.
Key to know
- Once the hard drive is encrypted, CrashPlan backups of your data are even more important, as most emergency data recovery options are no longer available.
- If you lose access due to a forgotten password (Mac) or hardware changes which require the recovery key (Windows), T&I may be able to help you recover access via a recovery key which is automatically (and securely) stored on our servers when the computer is first encrypted. Contact us for assistance.
- macOS users can initiate encryption via the Self Service app, if your computer meets the requirements. Learn how.
- Windows computers require a visit from T&I to configure encryption, due to variations in the computer hardware across models and brands. We are currently contacting campus members whose data usage makes encryption required; later, we will make it available to any interested employee.