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All University-owned desktops and laptops - including self-managed - should be encrypted. (See College device encryption policy.)

University-managed computers

The disks on Windows Managed Desktops are encrypted.

For DICE desktops see Encrypting Groups of Files on DICE. Some DICE disk partitions are encrypted, and the computing staff are working on encryption solutions for the others.

Other computers

Windows

BitLocker is used to encrypt Windows disks. For instructions see Encrypting Windows computers.

Some new laptops will come with a variant of Windows that doesn't include BitLocker. For these, you may be able to get BitLocker via the Azure Dev Tools, Campus or Office365 programmes, depending on your status within the University. See Windows licences for more details.

Mac

For Mac instructions see Encrypting Apple computers. Note that you can enable encryption at any time, not just at initial setup.

Linux

Most major Linux distro installers offer whole disk encryption. Consult your distro's documentation and support community.

See also

Last reviewed: 
03/03/2021

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