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What is encryption? Why do I need it?

Encryption is a technique that makes data technically inaccessible to those without valid permissions. University policy requires that all computers and devices used by the John Carroll employees for university business be encrypted.

Encrypting your laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices is the single most important step you can take to protect your personal information, and John Carroll University's data, in the event that the device is lost or stolen.

As part of the continued data security protection effort: 

  • Information Technology Services implemented full-disk encryption on all JCU laptops used by the JCU employees.
  • All E-Mail containing sensitive data must be encrypted. This means that it must be sent from the university e-mail account as well as use Gmail's confidential mode to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. Click here to learn more:
  • All personally-owned computers used to conduct University business must be encrypted and verified by the Service Desk staff member. Please contact the ITS Service Desk at 216-397-3005 or email at for more information.