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(July 13, 2012) -- To protect private student records and scholarly data, the University of Texas System has requested that all laptops owned by UT institutions be encrypted by the end of August.

In June 2007, the UT System adopted a policy to require encryption on all laptops storing sensitive data. Since the adoption of the policy, UT institutions have avoided a number of serious data exposures because many lost or stolen laptops were encrypted. During the same time frame, however, UT institutions have also experienced serious data exposures as a result of incidents concerning unencrypted laptops.

At UTSA, approximately 4,000 laptop computers must be encrypted by Aug. 28; that includes 2,500 un-encrypted laptops and another 1,500 that previously were encrypted must be re-encrypted with the newer software tool, SecureDoc. The UTSA Office of Information Technology is setting up a Laptop Encryption Center at the Main Campus and also will offer service dates at the Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures.

"Securing information, particularly student and scholarly data, is one of the most important things we can do at UTSA to keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "I am counting on our faculty and staff to proactively ensure their laptops are quickly encrypted so we can be one of the first UT institutions to achieve 100-percent compliance by the end of August."

>> Watch UTSA Today over the next few weeks for details about laptop encryption.



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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

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