The University of Texas at Austin

Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption


Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption provides a solution for faculty and staff concerned about protecting the sensitive digital data on their Windows, Mac, and Linux portable devices from theft, unauthorized release, and tampering. When computers are utilizing whole-disk encryption, they are protected from unauthorized access in the event they are lost or stolen. The service complies with the requirements for protecting portable devices, outlined in the Information Resources Use and Security Policy, Section 5.20.

The university is moving away from the McAfee/SafeBoot endpoint encryption product and towards WinMagic SecureDoc, which was evaluated and endorsed by IT governance in mid-2010. SafeBoot will continue to be supported until July 1, 2011. Departments should utilize SecureDoc for all new enterprise whole disk encryption installations and are encouraged to begin migrating SafeBoot clients to SecureDoc. During this transition, this page will primarily contain information on SecureDoc, but some legacy SafeBoot information will remain for convenience. You can login and manage existing SafeBoot subscriptions here.


  • "Data at rest" encryption. All data remains encrypted, including the operating system, when the computer is off. (Please note that computers are not protected if they are in sleep or standby mode.)
  • A complete set of management tools for desktop support staff to manage users and devices.
  • Data is recoverable if the startup password is lost or forgotten.
  • Auto-boot or single sign-on simplifies the logon process.
  • As long as the computer is turned OFF, unauthorized individuals are unable to access data stored on the computer in the event it is lost or stolen.
  • Available for Windows 7, Vista, and XP laptops and tablets (Windows 7 and Vista computers cannot use BitLocker at the same time).
  • Available for Mac laptops running OS X 10.4.8 and later.
  • Available for Linux laptops running several supported distributions, including RedHat and Debian.
  • Encryption of removable media, such as USB flash drives or external hard drives.
  • Management for self-encrypting hard drives.
  • Client and management software from WinMagic.


Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption is available to faculty and staff at no cost.

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* ITS Help and Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

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We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!