The Department of Privacy and Security is ramping up efforts to encrypt all University owned laptops. This effort will protect sensitive and confidential University data from unauthorized disclosure should the laptop be lost or stolen. Laptops that are lost or stolen must be reported to your Department, the University Police, and the Department of Privacy and Security. If the laptop is NOT encrypted, the Department of Privacy and Security must report loss of the laptop to the University of Texas System Chief Information Security Officer, who in turn must report it to the Chancellor's Office. Your assistance in this effort will reduce the risk of potential confidential data exposure and minimize the impact of lost or stolen laptops on the University and our students.
To accelerate the deployment of laptop encryption the Department of Privacy and Security, in coordination with the Division of Information Technology, has developed procedures to allow individuals to encrypt their own computers. You may access these procedures at the Help and Downloads section of myUTPA under Whole Disk Encryption. If you would like to have the help desk assist you with the data backup and encryption process please contact a technician at 956-665-2020 to schedule an appointment convenient for you. Our goal is to have all laptops encrypted by September 30th, 2012. If you would like to read more about it or find answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Whole Disk Encryption service page.
If you would like to request an exception to this policy, please provide your justification on this form and submit it to the Department of Privacy and Security for review.