The protection of sensitive data is a concern for the university, so CaTS would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our Full Disk Encryption project that we originally announced in October of last year.
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 has been installing a software program called CheckPoint Full Disk Encryption on all university-owned laptops both new and previously purchased. This software stores data in an unreadable format unless the proper credentials are provided. By using this software, the university can identify which computers have been encrypted and can help avoid potential legal and financial risk.
The cost of the Full Disk Encryption software is being covered by the university. When a CaTS Desktop Technician is setting up your new laptop, they will ask you if they can install the software. Under certain circumstances, exceptions can be granted. There is an exception form available which allows you to request that the software not be installed. This form is available at Forms Website.
For more information about the encryption process, see the CaTS PC Encryption website, located at: Encryption Website. You can also call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.