The President’s Council has directed that all University laptops incorporate a standard, full disk encryption solution with initial and annual costs borne by the unit purchasing the laptop. Please refer any questions to UDit’s IT Risk Management Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 937-229-4387).
Laptops offer no less functionality than their desktop counterparts; users access the same types of enterprise systems and data. By virtue of their size and mobility, however, they are at a significantly higher probability of loss or theft. The Ponemon Institute, conducting independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy, published a study that suggested average costs surrounding a lost or stolen laptop were over $40,000 and Intel has reported that costs can be much higher. Use of a whole or full disk encryption solution reduces the costs associated with mitigation of the loss or theft of a laptop to those associated with hardware replacement.