PGP Encryption Software

Last Updated: 10/24/2018


Storage of student grades and other educational records is accompanied by greater protection responsibility. Encryption is a data security best- practice and required by university APS for protection of private data. The campus offers whole-disk encryption with PGP to protect student records at rest on a portable device such as a laptop. If there is a business need to store other types of private data mentioned in the APS (Social Security numbers, healthcare records, etc.), please contact the IT Security Office for guidance on how to properly secure that data according to minimum security standards.

Important Notes

There are currently a couple of major issues with the functionality of PGP and Macintosh computers:

  • Users currently encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption or SEE Full Disk Encryption for Macs do not upgrade to new Mac versions. Upgrades to new Mac OS X versions have caused issues in the past. Users should decrypt their Macbook completely before upgrading to a new OS version.

  • Mac OSX 10.9.x is not supported at this time.

Related Policies


PGP Whole Disk Encryption Software is provided as a common-good to the campus, which means there is no direct cost to you or your department.

Who can get it

Faculty, staff, and student employees.

How to get it