New laws and policies intended to prevent unauthorized access to certain types of information are regularly being updated with stricter security requirements (UCSF 650-16, Information Security and Confidentiality). While campus units have been encouraged to eliminate unnecessary electronic storage of sensitive personal information, the need to protect sensitive data necessary to conduct university business remains.


To assist campus departments and community members who do not have the resources to deploy proper encryption with appropriate key management as defined in Encryption at the University of California: Overview and Recommendations, ITS offers these encryption services to the UCSF community. (These services are supported only where indicated.)


Alternate Encryption methods can be used with the use of a Docusign approval process. Examples of this can include Windows built in BitLocker or Apple's File Vault 2. This encryption is commonly referred to as OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer provided encryption.
UCSF faculty, staff, and students have several options for encrypting removable storage such as external hard drives or USB flash drives.