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Encryption at Stanford

Encryption at Stanford

The University has established a goal of verifiably encrypting all faculty, staff, and postdoc Windows and Macintosh computers, and iOS and Android mobile devices that are used on the campus network.

Encrypting your laptop and desktop computers is the single most important step you can take to protect your personal information and Stanford's data in the event the device is lost or stolen. The University has established a goal of verifiably encrypting all faculty, staff, and postdoc Windows and Macintosh laptop and desktop computers.

This requirement applies to both Stanford and personally owned computers that will continue to be used for Stanford activities on the campus network, other than those granted exceptions due to special requirements. Note that all laptops, desktops, and mobile devices used to access, transmit, or store High Risk Data as defined under the Risk Classifications should be encrypted by now.


What do I need to do?

  • For desktop or laptop computer users, decide if you want to encrypt the devices yourself or contact your local computer support.

  • For mobile devices handling High Risk Data, visit mdm.stanford.edu on your mobile device to begin the enrollment and encryption process.

  • Visit mydevices.stanford.edu to find out if the device now complies with this Stanford requirement.

    For non-compliant devices, click the link associated with the device to see the device details. The detail page shows the specific reason for non-compliance and instructions on how to fix it.

    Follow the steps above for any other devices that are listed as "Not Compliant."

    Note: You may see servers and virtual machines (VMs) in your My Devices listing. These devices are not subject to the encryption requirement at this time.


Which encryption service should I use?

For those Stanford and personally owned devices that do not yet comply with this Stanford requirement, choose and download the option that best meets your needs:

Features Encryption with Management Encryption with Reporting
Verifiably encrypts computer
Complies with Stanford encryption requirement for High Risk Data
Deploys security patches and computer updates automatically via BigFix
Reports computer's encryption and screen saver status
Securely stores encryption key optional
Supported Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7 and above
Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate
Windows 8/8.1/10 Pro or Enterprise
(TPM chip required for Windows 8.0 and below)
Mac OS X 10.9 and above
Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate
Windows 8/8.1 Pro or Enterprise
(TPM chip required for Windows 8.0 and below)
  Download SWDE Download VLRE


How do I contact my local computer support?

School Support

Unit Website Help
Graduate School of Business IT Service Desk Submit help request
Graduate School of Education Office of Innovation & Technology Submit help request
School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences Computing Resources Submit help request
School of Engineering IT Support Desk Submit help request
School of Humanities and Sciences Information Technology at Dean's Office Submit help request
School of Law Office of Information Technology Contact us
School of Medicine Med IRT Submit help request

General computing support

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