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A new initiative to protect university data is underway!

Encryption for Windows 10 and MAC devices begins this fall

October 28, 2019 — 

Information Services and Technology (IST) is introducing a new encryption service to protect data on all IST supported Windows and MAC devices. Encryption will make your data unreadable if your device is misplaced, lost or stolen.

What is encryption?

Encryption is a method of preventing unauthorized access to electronic data. Encryption scrambles your data and makes it accessible to only authorized parties (using a UMNETID and Password). Other means of accessing your data will be unsuccessful.

Why use encryption?

Security breaches can cause a lot of wasted time, money and stress. We are committed to keeping your data safe and for your eyes only!

How will the new initiative affect you?

IST uses the Software Centre to deploy encryption on your device.  You may experience a minor slow down of your device during the brief installation of encryption. Once installed, encryption will have very little impact on you or your device.   

Please note that personal devices (i.e. devices not owned by the university) are not included in this initiative.

When will encryption be deployed?

Your department will receive notification before encryption is deployed to your area.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IST Service Desk (204-474-8600).


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