Securing Data and Devices at Penn State
The Office of Information Security (OIS) provides a central encryption service from WinMagic called SecureDoc. The software is available for use by academic and administrative units at Penn State. In order to protect and secure sensitive information, full or whole disk encryption should be implemented on systems to safeguard such information in the event the machine is lost or stolen.
At Penn State, full disk encryption is extremely important for protection against unauthorized access of sensitive information. Full disk encryption helps protect data at higher risk on laptops and publicly-accessible systems. Data protected with full disk encryption is considered unreadable and thus protected if the device is lost or stolen. Paired with regular PII scanning, device encryption can mitigate the impact of losing personally identifiable information (PII).
Other types of encryption, such as file and folder (FFE) or removable media (RMO), are available to be used in certain scenarios. We encourage you to partner with OIS in designing an encryption strategy that fits your business and end user needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Encryption?
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What is WinMagic SecureDoc?
SecureDoc by WinMagic is the tool Penn State uses to implement encryption across the University. The centralized service allows unit IT staff to view the encryption status of systems in their area. No user data or files are sent to this centralized server. It simply helps keep track of which devices are encrypted. In the event a user loses access to a system, the IT staff can provide the user with the means to regain access to the device via this console. Contrary to the name, the product does support Apple devices, as well.