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Office of Information Technology

Laptop and Workstation Encryption

Do you store confidential data on your laptop? No matter how cautious and responsible you are, there is always a risk of a laptop being lost or stolen. If there is confidential data stored on that lost or stolen laptop, American University could end up in the headlines, suffer severe reputational damage, face exorbitant recovery costs, and expose individuals to the risk of identity theft. To reduce this risk, the Office of Information Technology provides a whole-disk encryption software solution. OIT has selected Utimaco's SafeGuard Easy whole disk encryption solution for Windows XP computers and FileVault file and folder encryption for Macintoshes.

The American University IT Security Policy states that mobile devices with confidential data use an encryption method to protect the data. Read the Security Policy for more information.

Please contact the IT Help Desk at 202-885-2550,, or AskAmericanUHelp for additional information.