Software Encryption for Laptops and Mobile Devices Now Required
TAMPA, Fla. (June 4, 2009) -- In order to protect sensitive data stored on laptops and other mobile storage devices, and to comply with Data Protection Standard ISSP-0012, all new laptops purchased by USF will require approved encryption software as of June 15, 2009.
The whole disk encryption software installed on all new laptops will ensure the data is password protected and unreadable to anyone without the proper credentials. Existing laptops and mobile storage devices containing Personal Identifiable Information (PII) must be encrypted according to USF system policy 0-515, Electronic Personal Information.
Not only will the new encryption standard protect USF information from being leaked, it will also safeguard you, the USF community, from having your sensitive information vulnerable to threats and attacks.
By utilizing this software on all new laptops, any private information stored on the hard drive will be secured whether the laptop or the hard drive is ever stolen or lost. The software will cost $50 per computer and will be charged to the account used to the purchase the laptops.