BitLocker Drive Encryption is replacing Symantec PGP Encryption for College-owned Windows computers.

Symantec has discontinued our version of PGP desktop encryption, so we are in the process of migrating College-owned Windows computers to Bitlocker, a data protection feature already integrated with the Windows operating system that addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost or stolen computers.  It works by encrypting entire drives, including system files, making them unreadable to anyone who doesn't have the proper decryption key.


Bitlocker provides a better experience - NO MORE:

  • logging into a PGP screen with a passphrase in order to get into the computer
  • creating and remembering 5 security questions/answers
  • extra software to install
  • impact on computer performance

Bitlocker also does a better job of allowing users to run all Windows Updates to better stay up to date with Windows security and feature updates.


LTS is reaching out to individuals and departments to convert PGP to BitLocker, but you are welcome to reach out to the Help Desk if you'd like to be contacted for this transition now.