Do I Need to Encrypt this Data?

If you carry information on a laptop, usb drive, smat device, or other removable media that could be destructive if it were stolen, you may need encryption. This could be student information, sensitive business information, or private research data. Any information that is protected by HIPAA or FERPA would fall under this category.

What is Encryption?

Encryption is the conversion of data into a form, called a ciphertext, that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people. Only an authorized person can decrypt the information back into a readable form.

Basically what this means is that it scrambles the text and makes it only readable to the person with the key that encrypted the data. That key can be a user account, a password, or a digital certificate that you have applied for. This prevents anyone else from reading or copying your sensitive information.

Who can we turn to here on campus?

Call the technology support center at (314) 516-6034 or email them at helpdesk@umsl.edu. Tell them that you are interested in getting encryption on your device and they will point you in the right direction based on the special circumstances.

Click here to view Information Technology Services statement on portable device encryption.

Click here to see our acceptable use policy regarding encryption.

 

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