Texas A&M employees who work with confidential or sensitive information must protect that information from disclosure. A common way to lose confidential information is losing a portable device on which it is stored.
To protect confidential information on portable devices, Standard Administrative Procedure (SAP) 29.01.03.M1.16 requires that it be encrypted.
Encryption transforms data into unreadable code protecting it in the event of loss or theft. The unreadable code can be translated back to useful data with a key (similar to a password).
The University does not require a specific encryption tool, but provides PGP Desktop through the Texas A&M Software Center.