Kansas State University


IT News

McAfee Safeboot laptop encryption demo Friday, Sept. 5

A subcommittee of SIRT has been evaluating whole disk encryption software for laptop computers and is close to making a product recommendation.  One of the candidate products is McAfee Safeboot, and SIRT has arranged a WebEx demonstration of the product so others can learn about it and provide feedback.

The WebEx demo will take place 9:30-10:45 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 5, in Union 213. During the first 15 minutes, Harvard Townsend, K-State’s IT Security Officer, will provide an overview of the project — the motivation, requirements, evaluation process, and cost estimates. McAfee representatives will then join in at 9:45 a.m. via WebEx and phone for the demo. Some subcommittee members will be available after the demo to receive  feedback and answer questions.

Hardly a day goes by without hearing news of the theft of a laptop containing confidential data.  Should a laptop get stolen, encrypting the data protects it from being misused for things like identity theft or financial fraud.

SIRT intends to recommend an affordable standard encryption product that departments or individual faculty/staff can buy for their laptops to provide another layer of protection and keep K-State’s sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands.

About Harvard Townsend (harv@ksu.edu)

Chief Information Security Officer