News from ITS: New encryption program, Box and Google Drive info session

April 22, 2019

Learn about UM-Dearborn’s new encryption program, plus sign up for the May 1 Box/Google Drive information session.

Dearborn implements encryption program

UM-Dearborn ITS has kicked off a new initiative to encrypt users’ endpoint devices (laptop and desktop computers). This effort dramatically improves the way UM-Dearborn secures its endpoints, and the data and services they touch. In addition, it helps bring campus in line with U-M IT security policies and standards.

The effort initially rolled out to two departments that handle sensitive data every day: Registration and Records and Institutional Research. By the end of summer, all UM-Dearborn ITS managed laptops will be encrypted. Desktops of departments that have access to data classified as Moderate and High will be encrypted as well.

Dearborn ITS, which manages about 95 percent of all endpoint devices at UM-Dearborn, is encrypting these machines as part of its standard imaging process for all laptops and users that handle sensitive data. They plan to leverage the Windows 10 upgrade to enable encryption on all Windows laptops, while Mac devices will use FileVault for drive encryption.

“We are excited to have our end devices fully encrypted,” said CIO Carrie Shumaker. “Bringing our campus in line with the encryption standard ensures that we are doing everything we can to properly secure our most sensitive data.”


Box and Google Drive information session scheduled for May 1

Have you ever wondered where to store your files? With several services available, it’s often a guessing game. Should you use Google Drive for its real-time, collaborative editing? Or, would Box be a better solution for more security? How are they the same and how are they different?

On May 1, 2019, Richard Sawoscinski, from the ITS Collaboration Services team, will be at PEC 1330 to help hash out the details and offer up advice. Join him from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with your questions. He’ll explain the benefits of each service and when it’s best to use one over the other. He also will discuss data security and how to keep your files safe and protected.

Register today to save your spot in this informative session!

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