As part of our ongoing data security efforts, data encryption using Dell Data Security (DDS) encryption software (formerly DDPE) is available to all current faculty and staff. DDS should be installed on all BC-owned computers that store confidential data. For most laptops, the software can be automatically installed without any action on your part.

  • Any computer that contains sensitive data should be encrypted.
  • You should always perform a successful backup of your computer before you start the encryption process.

Technical Requirements

What are the minimum requirements supported?

  • Processor: Intel Pentium class or AMD
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 2 GB free hard drive space




Encryption is the process of converting data to an unrecognizable or "encrypted" form. It is commonly used to protect sensitive information so that only authorized parties can view it.

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