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Encrypting Stored Data

What is Encryption?

Encryption is the translation of data into a secret code. Encrypted files require you to have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. Encryption of personal data protects it from the notification process in the event of an exposure to unauthorized persons.

Why do I need it?

Encryption is just one tool available to you. In addition to using best practices, encryption helps keep your files and folders protected in the event of loss, theft, or other unauthorized access. It also protects the transmission of protected information and data.

Credant Disk Encryption

University license holders looking for information on the Credant Disk Encryption project or the administration and installation guides for that product should check out the Credant Encryption project and resource page.

USB Flash Drive Encryption

The University approved USB Flash Drive for storing patient information is The Kanguru Defender Elite™. The Kanguru Defender Elite was chose because it is ideal for carrying sensitive information. The drive combines high level, 256-bit AES hardware encryption, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certification, onboard anti-virus and a tamper resistant design. The following are key features of the Kanguru Defender Elite USB device:

• 256-bit AES Hardware Encrypted
• Windows, Mac and Linux Compatible
• On Chip Password Matching
• FIPS 140-2 Certified - FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Hardware Encryption
• HIPAA, SOX and GLB Compliant

The Kanguru Defender Elite USB devices are available for discounted purchase through the University Bookstore(215) 955-7922.

Free Operating System Encryption Resources

Here are a number of encryption resources, including printable instructions for more computer savvy users that walk through the process of activating the built-in file and folder encryption options in Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.