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CUHK Adopts Endpoint Security Solution

Universities are particularly vulnerable to information security incidents because of their open information access policies and richness in information assets — staff and student data, payment information, employment records, patient health records, and all kinds of sensitive and classified research information. If you are bringing your office laptop or USB flash drive that contains unencrypted sensitive data to an external meeting and unfortunately they are lost or stolen, the data might fall into the wrong hands. This is in fact one of the most common causes for data breach.

The predominant solution in the industry is to employ data encryption. The University has recently endorsed the deployment of an Endpoint Security Solution which provides encryption to all university-owned desktops and laptops used by both teaching and non-teaching staff. And since computers set up for casual use in classrooms, general labs and libraries will not handle personal data, encryption is not necessary.

In phase one of the deployment, ITSC will facilitate encryption to (1) Desktops: USB drive encryption only; (2) Laptops: both full-disk and USB drive encryption.

User instructions and briefing sessions will be offered in mid-July. Please stay tuned and refer to ITSC's announcement on 8 July 2014. For any enquiries, please contact ITSC Service Desk.