In the event your laptop is lost or stolen, encryption prevents anyone else from gaining access to your data. This is particularly important if your laptop contains student grades and other educational records. It should be noted that the storage of private data is addressed by university administrative policy and that private data such as grades and educational records should only be stored on workstations or portable devices when specifically needed for business purposes. If there is a business need to store other types of private data mentioned in the APS (Social Security numbers, healthcare records, etc.), please contact the IT Security Office for guidance on how to properly secure that data according to minimum security standards.