University Managed PCs - BitLocker Encryption
The University Information Security Project Board has requested a default security setting for all University managed devices to have hard disk drive (hdd) encryption enabled. The Directorate of Academic Support has commissioned an enterprise standard hard disk drive encryption tool for all devices using Microsoft Windows operating system.
The term BitLocker Encryption refers to the Microsoft BitLocker hdd encryption technology. From June 2016 this technology will be deployed to all University Windows managed devices as a continuing programme of installations.
The delivery of the BitLocker Encryption technology marks the start of a comprehensive Information Security (InfoSec) improvement programme for the University of Wolverhampton. The InfoSec programme aims to deliver the following which will provide enhanced data processing capacity and security for all staff:·
- New security information tools
- Staff training opportunities
Device Encryption – Microsoft BitLocker
BitLocker Encryption will be enabled on all staff University Windows desktops and laptops through an automated network profile update. This action is triggered when a university device is connected to the network. The deployment of Microsoft BitLocker has been targeted to managed staff laptops for which we have successfully encrypted nearly 90% of our managed laptop estate. The Microsoft BitLocker encryption rollout for Desktops will commence from January 2017.
Maintaining Business Continuity – User Deployment Options
Users can implement the encryption process themselves. Users may postpone the encryption process for a period of up to 21 days. This deployment option is provided to ensure that the encryption process is completed with minimal impact on critical business use of the device.
Desktop encryption will not require a PIN, users will be prompted to encrypt their devices at logon following deployment of the software to desktops.
BitLocker User Guide
The BitLocker User Guide (PDF) (PDF 1,802K, Downloads file) provides the following instructions:
- How to encrypt a device
- How to logon onto a device which has been encrypted
- What to do if you forget your PIN for laptops
BitLocker Encryption Q&As