Welcome to Encryption

Information Services and Technology (IST) is rolling out the encryption service in your area.  Once encryption is complete, the data on your computer will be protected if your device is misplaced, lost or stolen. 

Coming soon! At the end of each work day, please restart your computer and leave it turned on at the logon screen to allow the automated encryption process to complete.

What is encryption?

Encryption is a method of preventing unauthorized access to electronic data. Encryption scrambles your data and makes it accessible to only authorized parties (using a UMNETID and Password). Other means of accessing your data will be unsuccessful.

Why use encryption?

Security breaches can cause a lot of wasted time, money and stress. We are committed to keeping your data safe and for your eyes only!

How is encryption being deployed?

If you are using a Windows device, the encryption process will be seamless. A software package will be deployed to your device and automatically apply encryption (both desktops and laptops). 
Please refer to Windows encryption instructions attached below. MAC encryption will be provided at a later date.

How will the new initiative affect you?

You may experience a minor slow down of your device during the installation of encryption. Once installed, the encryption will have very little, if any, impact on your device performance.

When will this happen?

Within a few days of receiving this communication, deployments will begin.  

Please contact the IST Service Desk with any issues, questions or concerns about the new service.

Instructions for Window Devices

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Information and Resources:

► What is malware or spyware?
► What is spam?
► What is phishing?
► What is the University doing about phishing and spam?
► Where do I report a non-information security incident?







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