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Windows BitLocker and MBAM

Faculty and staff wanting to deploy desktop encryption should check with their local IT group for support with installing encryption software. If you do not have local IT support and want to enable desktop encryption, you will need to self-manage your computer using BitLocker.

BitLocker is used to natively encrypt the information on a Microsoft Windows computer so that unauthorized users, apps, or utilities are not able to access your information. In addition, Northwestern uses Microsoft Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) to centrally backup BitLocker Recovery Keys and provide machine reporting.

Windows Operating System Requirements 

Operating system 


Service pack 

Windows 7 

Enterprise or Ultimate Edition 


Windows 8.1 

Enterprise Edition 

Windows 10 

Enterprise Edition or Pro

Preparing for Encryption

Minimum Requirements: 

Preferred Requirements: 

Ready to Encrypt

Last Updated: 30 January 2017

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