Encryption on your Thumb drive
Note: It is best not to store sensitive university data on a thumb/flash drive. The risk of loss is too great, and there are several secure cloud-based options that are preferable. For departments, the difficulty of controlling distribution and the updating and retrieval of authoritative copies of institutional data makes their use problematic. See the Sensitive Data Guide for help identifying the right storage location for your sensitive data.
If you need to store data on a USB flash drive, purchase one that has encryption software that is already built-in. As of summer 2012, the following vendors claim 1 to offer USB thumb drives with encryption support either built in to the hardware or available via software that is pre-installed on the thumb drive:
For instructions on how to encrypt data with some of the products listed above, see How to Encrypt Your Thumbdrive.
1 - IIA has not evaluated these products and cannot confirm the vendor’s claims regarding encryption capabilities or platform support. The information conveyed by this table comes from posted product reviews and vendor web sites.
March 07, 2013