If a university-owned computer is lost or stolen, and if that computer is storing legally protected sensitive data (social security numbers, credit card information, grades, transcripts, etc.), the
university may be held liable for this loss. To combat this situation, CaTS is now installing a software program called CheckPoint Full Disk Encryption on new university-owned laptops. This software
stores data in an unreadable format unless the proper credentials are provided. By using this software, the university can track which computers have been encrypted and can help avoid potential
legal and financial risk. CheckPoint Full Disk Encryption will be licensed when you purchase a new laptop from Pomeroy starting 10/1/11. Because of the network resources required, the software will
be installed by CaTS Desktop Services. Read the FAQ below for more info on this software.
If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S. with your laptop, CaTS recommends that you view the Travel Restrictions on Encryption Software PDF document. It contains important information about which countries have restrictions regarding encrypted information on your laptop.
General QuestionsWhy Encryption is Needed
Encryption software protects the data on the hard drive by storing it in an unreadable form unless the proper decoder key is provided. By using an enterprise-class encryption product, the university can track which computers have been encrypted and can avoid potential legal and financial risk.
If a Mac were lost or stolen there would be no easy legal way for us to prove it was encrypted at that time. Additionally, FileVault (and BitLocker on Windows) can introduce compatibility issues. Our tests indicate that the CheckPoint product offers better functionality and has less impact on system performance after the initial encryption process is complete.
If you purchase a system other than the recommended HPs from Pomeroy, you'll need to arrange for the purchase and installation of CheckPoint FDE from CaTS. This includes all Mac laptops purchased starting October 1st.
Everyone is encouraged to watch the short 4-minute Do IT Wright security video available on the CaTS Security website. If you have specific questions about the new drive encryption program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "encryption" and someone will get back with you to discuss the matter in more detail.
Usage InstructionsSyncing Your Windows Password with Full Disk Encryption Software (PDF)