(Nov. 17, 2009)--To reduce the risk of revealing sensitive information if a laptop is lost or stolen, UTSA has enacted a policy requiring that all university-owned laptops be encrypted. The new mandate was approved by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, based on recommendations from the recently formed Security Strike Force.
In support of the mandate, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has begun encrypting university-owned laptop computers. Data encryption is a process that makes information on a personal computer unreadable except to the person who holds the password.
The laptop program, which is a response to UT System Security Practice Bulletin 1, is one part of the university's overall information security program.
"Encrypting UTSA laptops is a critical step in protecting our data," said Ken Pierce, UTSA vice provost for information technology.
In the first phase of the program, laptops running Windows XP will be encrypted. Laptops running other operating systems, including Macs, will be encrypted in a subsequent phase.
OIT will contact departments in advance to set the general time frame for encryption. Laptop owners will be notified approximately three weeks before their machines will be picked up for encryption.
For more information about the project, visit the Laptop Encryption Program Web site.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
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