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 employees who have access to certain categories of data must be encrypted.
Other computers may be encrypted at the discretion of the user or department.
Eventually all campus office computers will be encrypted by default.
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.