BitLocker is Microsoft's built-in Windows tool for encrypting computer hard drives to keep the data secure against theft. BitLocker also supports USB thumb drives and external hard drives. When a drive is encrypted, that data can only be accessed upon entering the correct password or recovery key. A recovery key for each device is backed up to a secure EKU server in case you or IT ever needs to decrypt a drive due to a forgotten password.
IT is currently testing BitLocker and will be making it available to select individuals in spring 2017. BitLocker is expected to be available to all EKU-owned Windows PCs by summer 2017.
Data encryption is a best practice for keeping data secure if a computer is lost or stolen. However, you are still responsible for keeping your password secure.
IT will be contacting employees. Those who have access to FERPA-protected information and personal identifying information (PII) will be contacted first. Eventually, all new PCs will come with BitLocker already configured.
If you are ever prompted for a recovery key or have forgotten the password to a BitLocked external/USB drive, you may contact IT or use the web portal bitlocker.eku.edu NOTE: You must use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome web browser.
The good news is that BitLocker can protect your computer without your needing to remember an additional password. However, a USB thumb drive requires a password if data is to be written to it. Visit Wikipedia and Microsoft TechNet for in-depth technical details regarding BitLocker.