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USB Drive Encryption

USB Encryption - Hardware

If you need to transport sensitive data between two locations, the simplest method to ensure your data remains secure is to use an encrypted USB flash drive.

There are several solutions available to encrypt USB flash drives. The quickest and easiest solution is to purchase a hardware-based encrypted device.

Hardware-based keys are available from several manufacturers and include:

  • IronKey - a very durable device with additional bells and whistles to make online browsing more secure.
  • Kingston Memory - a number of models available with optional auditing and central management capabilities.
USB Encryption - Windows

BitLocker To Go (Windows 7 and 8)

BitLocker To Go is an easy to use encryption technology that will allow you to encrypt the contents of a USB stick or drive.

Microsoft has posted a full instructional video at the address below. It describes how to write data to USB keys using BitLocker To Go and explains BitLocker To Go Reader that is required to read the USB keys on computers that are running previous versions of Windows.

Note: If your computer is joined to AD, you can only encrypt external devices while connected to the Queen's Network.

BitLocker To Go Reader

When a BitLocker-protected removable drive is unlocked on a computer running Windows 7, the drive is automatically recognized and the user is either prompted for credentials to unlock the drive or the drive is unlocked automatically if configured to do so. Computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista do not automatically recognize that the removable drive is BitLocker-protected. With the BitLocker To Go Reader users can unlock the BitLocker-protected drives by using a password or a recovery password (also known as a recovery key) and gain read-only access to their data.

Download is available here -

Encryption Service

ITS offers an Encryption Service to assist users in setting up Windows BitLocker.

USB Encryption - Mac

Starting with OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac users now can encrypt external USB hard drives, Flash drives and SD cards.

The Encryption proved by OS X is called FileVault2.  It uses full disk, XTS - AES 128 encryption to keep your data secure.  It will format and encrypt any media the Disk Utility supports.  Please visit this external site for instructions on how to encrypt your USB devices on a Mac computer.

Last Updated: January 11, 2018