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Symantec Encryption (formerly PGP)

PGP Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) provides protection for computers by preventing data loss with strong access control and powerful disk encryption. It is important that Northwestern University personnel storing sensitive information such as Protected Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or research data, protect their machines and data with whole disk encryption software.

Key Benefits of WDE

Northwestern IT maintains a centrally hosted Symantec PGP Universal Server and supports capabilities including the following:

Install and License

Symantec PGP WDE Client System Requirements

Note: Although PGP can be ran on Windows/Mac OS, Northwestern IT recommends the use of native encryption options if the machine is supported. See Windows - BitLocker/MBAM or Mac OS - FileVault 2/Casper for more details.

Microsoft Windows

Note: The above operating systems are supported only when all of the latest hot fixes and security patches from Microsoft have been applied.

Microsoft Windows Server

Mac OS X


Note: PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Linux is command line only.

Supported Disks

Unsupported Disks

Last Updated: 23 January 2017

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