Microsoft explains encryption as “a way to enhance the security of a message or file by scrambling the contents so that it can be read only by someone who has the right encryption key to unscramble it.” This helps to ensure the confidentiality of our data even in the case of theft or data breach. In some cases, encryption is legally mandated where certain data is concerned (see FERPA, PCI, HIPAA, etc.).

All instutionally-owned laptops, as well as other mobile devices if capable, must be encrypted.   Mobile devices incapable of encryption may not store Category I data.  Category I data includes all legally protected data, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, student account information, student grades, etc.  More details about categories of information and cryptographic controls can be found in the Information Security Handbook.

UNT System provides several configurations for full disk encryption, as well as file or folder encryption of university assets. If you believe you are in need of encryption, please contact your helpdesk so they can choose the solution that works best for your needs.

For specific questions about encryption, contact ITSS Information Security at security@untsystem.edu.