Encryption helps protect your confidential or restricted data making it unusable in the event of your losing it. It does this by storing the data in an unreadable form. This is ideal for data that we transmit over the internet, for example when we are making a purchase online, or when we are carrying confidential or sensitive data on a laptop.
- Understand and appreciate the value of data.
- Learn how and when to encrypt data.
- Encrypt all sensitive information.
ISS recommend you secure you encrypt your work to keep it secure. You can do this via a number of ways. The table below provides a little information on the pro's and con's of three of those ways.
If you want to encrypt your information on your own hard disk drive or USB pen drive, then you may wish to use TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt is free, open-source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac and Linux. Alternatively, you can use usb pen drives with in-built encryption, details of the two encrypted pen drives recommended by ISS can be seen below.
|Ironkey USB stick||
|Integral USB stick||
|TrueCrypt encryption software||
Please note In all instances if you lose your password you will lose your data. ISS will not be able to retrieve your work.
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