What and Why

What is Encryption?

  • Encryption is the translation of data into a “secret code”.
  • To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a key or password that enables the authorized user to decrypt it.
  • Encryption renders a lost or stolen laptop, USB drive and/or USB mobile external storage device unreadable by unauthorized users.
  • Please read through this entire FAQ. There is helpful information on how to encrypt your personal laptop.


Q. Reasons to Encrypt:

  • Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security and privacy.
  • Encryption makes data accessible only by authorized personnel.
  • Encryption supports our commitment to patients and our culture of trust.
  • It is now a requirement for all UUHSC students and faculty


Q. What Do You Need to Do?

  • Encrypt your laptops, USB thumb drives and USB mobile external storage devices that are used for UUHSC business purposes or student course work, regardless of whether or not they are University owned or personally owned.


Q. Does this only cover devices that connect to the University of Utah clinical network?

  • No, it covers all UUHSC devices, owned personally or by the University of Utah, which are used by any Health Sciences staff, faculty, or student, for any University-related purpose.