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Credant Disk Encryption

Protecting the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of our patients, students, faculty and staff is of the utmost concern of the university. Steps are in process to remove this information where possible from reports and other data in print or on display to reduce the chances of accidental exposure through the theft of university owned data or devices. However, there are times when storing PII in electronic files is appropriate.

When needed as part of Univeristy business, PII must be stored on a portable device such as a University owned laptop, encryption software should be used to secure the stored PII. The Credant Disk Encryption software initiative, fully managed by IS&T, is targeted at mobile devices such as university owned laptops that may require the local storage of PII. Using this software ensures that should such a device be lost, misplaced or stolen, the personal information stored on the devices (for university use) cannot be accessed by unauthorized individuals. Upon management request, IS&T will remotely install and enable the Credant encryption software. There is no user intervention required (other an 1 to 2 reboots during the initial install). Once installed and enabled Credant works in the background and encrypts data as it is saved to the local hard drive.

Credant Disk Encryption protects the files and folders stored under your user profile, on the entire hard drive, by making them unreadable to anyone who does not have the proper decryption key. Encryption prevents unintended access or exposure of this information through theft, because thieves will be unable to read the encrypted files stored on the hard drive.