Encryption is the process of hiding data to safeguard against unauthorized reading or distribution. In the event that encrypted data is lost or stolen, it cannot be read without extensive hacking resources.
Information is protected under many different types of legislation, and those copying or storing data of a personal nature are required to, in many cases, safeguard it with encryption.
IT has many resources and tools to assist with the protection of data, and this page will outline how to enable encryption on many common devices.
Automatically Encrypted Data
Many forms of data stored with Trent IT resources are automatically encrypted and do not require intervention. The following list contains locations where data can be stored safely without the need for additional encryption:
- Data stored in the myTrent portal, Colleague systems or Blackboard systems (note, this does not include data that is exported or saved from these systems)
- Data stored on personal ("H:") or departmental shared "S:") drives
- Data stored on Microsoft OneDrive for Business or Microsoft SharePoint services
- Data stored on Office 365 email
Manually Encrypted Data
The following list contains locations where data can be stored and should have additional encryption
- USB or external drives
- Laptop computers - including those equipped with the Trent University image
- Desktop computers - including those equipped with the Trent University image
- Mobile Devices - Tablets (iOS or Android) and mobile phones that may download sensitive data transmitted through email
If you require assistance encrypting your device, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org