Case Study: Harding University

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Harding University needed a laptop encryption solution to protect its confidential employee, donor, and student data. They chose Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise rather than using free access to Microsoft BitLocker due to its superior usability and functionality. Download now

“We chose to pay for Sophos encryption because of its better administration and data recovery options, even though we have free access to BitLocker via our Microsoft Campus Licensing Agreement"
James Baird, Client Support & Consulting

Fact file

Sector: Education
Location: Searcy, Arkansas
Environment: 850 employees
Solution: SafeGuard Enterprise

Business Challenge

  • Harding University needed to secure a range of sensitive data and comply with the student privacy rules of the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Recognizing the risk of data loss from lost or stolen laptops, Harding decided to implement full-disk encryption.
  • With limited IT resource, Harding University needed an easy-to-run solution that would fit smoothly into its Active Directory environment.

Technology solution

  • Harding evaluated four potential solutions: Symantec Whole Disk Encryption (formerly PGP), TrueCrypt, Microsoft BitLocker, and Sophos SafeGuard Encryption.
  • They choose to pay for Sophos because of its better administration and data recovery options, even though they have free access to BitLocker via their Microsoft Campus Licensing Agreement.
  • A key reason for choosing Sophos over other solutions was that it recognizes Active Directory domain credentials and has tools that securely allow IT employees to recover files from a crippled drive.

Business results

  • Sophos SafeGuard's key management tools make it easier for Harding University to provide access to data in emergencies, and to enforce web-based lockouts of lost systems.
  • Going forward, SafeGuard gives the university many new options, including encrypting external storage devices or extending Sophos encryption to its Mac laptops.

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