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PGP Encryption Launch



PGP Encryption Launch

In June, IT Services began using Symantec PGP as the University standard for encryption of new laptops instead of Sophos SGN software and is no longer installing.  However, departments may continue to use SGN as needed and IT Services will continue to provide full support for SGN at least through expiration of the current licensing period (December 2012).

LAN Administrators can use PGP to encrypt new Mac and PC laptops after attending a training session given by IT Services. LAN Administrators can sign up for a training session as noted in an email sent out to the LAN Admin group.

PGP licenses can be purchased by departments for $55 each (current pricing subject to change) and will be billed to the speedtype provided by the department at the time of license purchase/registration. Departments should work through their LAN Administrators to purchase and install the software as needed.  Departments without technical LAN Administrators should contact the IT Services Helpdesk at 303-724-4357 (HELP) to learn how to obtain PGP licenses and schedule installation.

HIPAA departments are eligible for free PGP Mac licenses as part of the initial project plan. However, the number of available licenses for this purpose is limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. To be considered for free licenses, HIPAA departments should send a current inventory of their Mac laptops to as soon as possible and no later than July 29, 2011 at 5:00PM. Unfortunately, inventories received after this date cannot be considered for free PGP licensing due to project budget limitations.

For computers that are currently encrypted with SGN and perform adequately, IT Services encourages the continued use of SGN through the license expiration date. For computers that need to be re-encrypted with PGP, please contact the IT Services Encryption Team. SGN-encrypted laptops need to be decrypted before re-encrypting with PGP in order to recover the license for reuse. Also, please plan ahead for the December 2012 expiration of all current SGN licenses. At that time new PGP licenses will need to be purchased by the departments.

IT Services looks forward to working with you as this new encryption software is launched. If you have questions or concerns about the new software, please contact the IT Services Helpdesk at 303-724-4357 (HELP) for referral to a member of the Encryption Team.


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