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Warning
Over the years, SOMTech has enforced encryption on flash drives primarily using 2 different solutions (IronKey drives and DDPE). In 2021, these solutions are being phased out in favor of VCU Health's OneDrive cloud storage and BitLocker EME. More details are below, but if you have any questions or concerns, please submit a ticket to SOMTech.

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BitLocker To Go External Media Encryption

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BitLocker To Go external media encryption is the new standard for encrypting external storage devices within the School of Medicine. Any external storage drives that you will need to transfer data to from a SOM Windows computer will be required to be encrypted. If you do not encrypt the drive, you will still be able to copy data off. You can read more info on this process at the link here. If you have further questions or you have a an external drive that will need to remain unencrypted feel free to submit a ticket for assistance.

SOMTech started deploying BitLocker To Go on some new SOMTech-managed Windows computer in the spring of 2021 and will expand the deployment On August 3rd, 2021. SOMTech has created an FAQ to answer common questions and provide a little more details about BitLocker To Go.

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Be advised that BitLocker Encryption is not Mac compatible so there will be no way of using these encrypted drives on a Mac device at this time. If you plan on working on Windows & Mac devices it is recommended you use your Home Drive, VCU Health OneDrive, or VCU Google Drive accounts to transfer data.

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