New University policy governing laptop whole disk encryption

This is a reminder to have all laptops encrypted per University policy.

Many mobile devices (laptops, smart phones, memory keys, etc.) are either lost or stolen, putting the University, individuals and the data stored on the mobile device at risk.  The new campus Information Security Policy addresses security issues with mobile devices and requires that any sensitive information that is stored on a mobile device be encrypted.

The School of Medicine Information Security Team is facilitating the implementation of this policy within the School of Medicine and is suggesting that if you are purchasing a new laptop, please have the laptop encrypted prior to transferring your old data to the new laptop. The encryption process will go more smoothly and take much less time because your data will not need to be backed up on another drive, which could take several hours.

If you have a laptop on which you store sensitive data or it is a “mission critical” laptop, please visit the OIS Client Services Walk-In office - room 65 MacNider - and sign up to have your laptop encrypted. Additional information and access to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at here.

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