PGP Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) software secures files stored on protected drives with transparent full disk encryption. If a protected system is lost or stolen while shut down or in hibernate mode, data stored on the protected drive is not readable without the proper credentials.
The data encryption software continuously safeguards data from unauthorized access, protecting sensitive information from misuse due to lost or stolen computers. PGP Whole Disk Encryption; locks down the entire contents of a laptop, desktop, external drive or USB flash drive, including boot sectors, system and swap files.
Full Disk Encryption is required on Windows and recommended on Mac/Linux laptop computers that store or process Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or Protected Health Information(PHI), according to the Information Security Policy (available at http://software.sites.unc.edu/files/2012/07/ccm1_033440.pdf).
- Microsoft Windows 7 (all 32- and 64-bit editions)
- Microsoft Windows Vista (all 32- and 64-bit editions)
- Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (requires attached keyboard)
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or 3)
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-bit (Service Pack 2)
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32-bit (Service Pack 2 or 3)
Note: The above operating systems are supported only when all of the latest hot fixes and security patches from Microsoft have been applied.
Mac OS X
- Apple Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x (Intel-based Macs only)
- Ubuntu 8.04 and 9.04 (32- and 64-bit versions)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.2 and 5.3 (32-bit versions)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 and 5.3 (64-bit versions)
Note: PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Linux is command line only
Keys stored on USB hardware tokens are also available to departmental support personnel which provide access to their users’ systems which are PGP Whole Disk Encrypted.
Public keys for some University members are published to PGP clients.
* Performance may suffer on solid-state disks.