Laptop encryption

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  • If you use your personal laptop (or desktop) computer for research, you will need to encrypt it. (You should also encrypt it if you access EHR or other protected information, even if you don't store anything on your hard disk drive.) Fines for security breaches through loss or theft can be $10,000 per name or MRN and you can be personally liable.
  • You can encrypt your device yourself. There are directions on the UofL IT page and you can do it from home or the hospital. If you're at home, you will need to connect via the VPN before starting the process. The time to encrypt depends on how large your hard drive is (250G is about 4 hours).

Smart Phones and Tablets

Devices that are not capable of whole disk encryption should be password protected. Using your phone or tablet for research projects is probably not the best idea.


Talk with Bryan Byrne (IT for Ob/Gyn) if you have questions or problems.