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Encryption software at Princeton; guidelines and procedures
The recommended method to protect data is to install encryption software which converts data to a format that is unreadable by anyone except authorized users. This University-wide encryption project applies to all eligible faculty and staff laptops. Studies show that many people who lose or have their computer stolen often have personal and family data at risk, as well as confidential University data.
What type of
All FCP and DeSC computers are required to be encrypted. In June 2012, OS X laptops become eligible.
What type of
computer is NOT affected?
- Dual-boot/multi-boot computers
- Virtual Machines
- Linux or any flavor of Unix
- RAID desktops
Is encryption required
for DeSC and FCP
DeSC Standard laptops are automatically encrypted during setup or when they are joined to DeSC. All FCP funded laptops are now required to be encrypted. All existing FCP funded Mac OS X laptops, that are not scheduled be replaced before January 2013, must be encrypted
if my computer already has other encryption
For audit reasons and to manage risk, your computer will need to be re-encrypted with University Encryption Service software. You will be responsible to decrypt your computer.
How to request encryption
Installation can be requested from your departmental SCAD/DCS member or OIT assistance may be requested by contacting the OIT Help Desk at 8-4357(HELP) option #1.
Traveling with encrypted laptops abroad
What you need to know when traveling out of the country with encryption software can be found at: www.princeton.edu/itsecurity/services/encryption.
Additional information on encryption software
Princeton encryption service FAQ
Information for technical support representatives
For installation, use the documentation on the OIT Image Deployment (ImageDocs) SharePoint site. (SCAD/DCS login only). Laptop power adapters are required for the software installation process.
Note: Before performing an in-place operating system upgrade (i.e. OSX 10.6 to 10.7, Windows Vista to Windows 7), decrypt the computer.
External devices and encryption
External USB drives will not be encrypted.