What types of computers can be encrypted?


Bitlocker Drive Encryption (Windows) and FileVault 2 Encryption (OSX) can be installed and centrally managed on the following operating systems:

  • Windows version 8.1, and 10
  • MacOS version 10.13 and later

Mobile Devices

iOS and iPadOS devices use a file encryption methodology called Data Protection to enable/ensure you have Face ID/Fingerprint/Passcode configured on the device.

To setup a passcode for iOS: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204060

Newer Android OS devices have encryption enabled by default. Note: Older Android devices may need to have this enabled after setup through settingssecurity. PIN/Fingerprint/Passcode/Screen Pattern are used to enforce encryption.

To setup a passcode for AndroidOS: https://support.google.com/android/answer/9079129?hl=en

Why should I encrypt my device?

Data is inaccessible on encrypted devices that are lost or stolen. This protects any sensitive information (i.e. PHI/PII) stored on your device and protects the University by ensuring sensitive and confidential data are not released to unauthorized personnel.

Do I need to do anything before encryption can begin?

Your IT support person will assist you with directions on encrypting your device.

Will I need to do anything differently after encryption?

Mobile devices will generally require PIN/Passcode/Biometric authentication to access the device.

PC/Mac users do not generally experience any differences after device encryption is enabled.

Will FileVault 2 automatically encrypt my Time Machine backup drive?

Note that University policy requires that High-Risk Information be encrypted when stored outside of University data centers.  This includes backup data that contains High-Risk Information. FileVault 2 Encryption will only encrypt internal disks and will not encrypt your Time Machine backup drive. In the event that you need to encrypt your Time Machine backup drive, University IT recommends that you use the built-in encryption ability of Time Machine. This can be done by following Apple’s, Keep Your Time Machine Backup Disk Secure” procedure.

Will external data devices like flash drives or CDs made from my computer be encrypted?

No, flash drives attached to your computer and CD/DVDs created on your computer will not be encrypted using this technology. Only your internal hard drive will be encrypted. Please take special care when using flash drives and CD/DVD’s to transport sensitive and confidential information.

Will my email be encrypted during this process?

Email is not protected directly by device encryption. Please take special care when emailing sensitive and confidential information.