Hard Drive Encryption using BitLocker
All staff desktop@UCL hard drives (laptops and desktops) are encrypted using BitLocker Drive Encryption technology.
What is hard drive encryption?
BitLocker is a data protection feature which
protects a disk from being read if it is stolen, lost or inappropriately
decommissioned. Data on a lost or stolen computer is vulnerable to unauthorised
access, either by running a software-attack tool against it or by transferring
the computer's hard disk to a different computer. BitLocker helps mitigate unauthorised
data access by enhancing file and system protections. BitLocker also helps
render data inaccessible when BitLocker-protected computers are decommissioned
How can I encrypt my desktop@UCL machine?
All active desktop@UCL machines are encrypted and any new machine is automatically encrypted during the build process.
How can I tell that my machines is encrypted?
We constantly monitor our central administration systems to ensure all machines are encrypted, but you can also check yourself. In My Computer, your C: Drive should show a padlock symbol as in the image below:
If you don't see the padlock symbol on your C: drive, contact the ISD Service Desk.
So, I'm totally protected?
Following encryption, the data on your machine will be protected from unauthorised access. It is very important to understand that it is ONLY the primary hard drive on your specific UCL machine that is protected.
- If you copy data to a USB drive it will be held in unencrypted form.
- If you attach files to an e-mail, these file will be transmitted in unencrypted form.
- Encryption only applies to the specific UCL machine that you use. Do not assume that protection extends to any other UCL computer, or any computer you use outside of UCL.