What is encryption?
Encryption protects the confidentiality of information by making it unreadable to anyone who does not have the right key (usually a password).
All members of the University have a responsibility to preserve the security of University information and the use of encryption is one measure that can help meet this requirement. It is expected that encryption will be one component of a wider set of measures to ensure that information is appropriately secured; other controls such as ensuring adequate physical security and routine backups must also be considered.
When should encryption be used?
Anyone storing or accessing personal information on a portable device (for example a laptop, smartphone or memory stick) must ensure that the information is protected by an encryption system recognised by the University.
Encryption may also be used to protect other types of sensitive information where preserving confidentiality is considered to be important.