Cornell University has revised Policy 5.10 and now requires “whole-disk encryption for all university-owned desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones”.   

CALS-OIT has begun the process of encrypting the hard drive(s) on Windows computers with an offer of the software to select units starting in June of 2018. Encryption will follow our standard weekly Windows maintenance cycle. More info will follow regarding when your specific unit will be encrypted.

Encryption details for Windows computers

For Apple computers, CALS-OIT will need to encrypt the hard drives individually due to technical issues which make this a more manual process. We will be in touch with Apple users about scheduling encryption of their computers.

At this time, removable drives will not be encrypted.

Dual boot systems (Win/Linux) will not be encrypted at this time. For these use cases, we are recommending two machines or a VM where the host OS can be encrypted to secure the guest OS(s), depending on the circumstances that cause you need two boot options.

Encryption for Apple computers will require a brief (5-10 minute) IT interaction with your computer. We can do this in our office, in your office or remotely. If we have contacted your unit about beginning encryption you can submit a request with a convenient time to do this work, bring the computer by the IT office or wait and we will be in touch with you.

During the encryption process you might notice that your hard drive shows as full or, especially for older (slower) computers and those with very full hard drives, you might notice a performance lag. Encryption will take anywhere from less than an hour for solid state hard disks to several days, encryption will take longer for older (slower) computers, computers with large amounts of data or if you shut the computer down during the encryption process. Once the encryption process is complete, free drive space and system performance will return to what they were.

If you are traveling internationally, it is advisable to use a loaner laptop in order to prevent data loss and CALS-OIT maintains a collection of loaner laptops exclusively for international travel. Find out more about international travel loaner laptops and make a reservation.

See more tips from CIT about how to Travel Internationally with Technology including how to Use Two-Step Login when you Travel Outside the US and basic Travel Security