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Escrow Your Computer Password (For Encrypted Computers)

This article applies to: Secure Your Computer and Mobile Device

Cornell policy requires your department to escrow passwords (securely store a copy) for all encrypted data.

Why password escrow is necessary:

  • If you encrypt university data, you should not be the only person who knows the password needed to unlock it.

  • If something should happen to you, or if you lose your password, the university will not be able to access to your work.

Consult with your department’s technical support staff about current practices in your area.

The requirement to escrow the password you use for encryption is University Policy 5.3, Use of Escrowed Encryption Keys.


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