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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Frequently Asked Questions

List of FAQ categories

DU Box - Security

+How do I encrypt the hard disk on a Mac?

FileVault full-disk encryption (FileVault 2) uses XTS-AES-128 encryption with a 256-bit key to help prevent unauthorized access to the information on your startup disk.

For instructions on encrypting the hard disk on your Mac, please see the Apple instructions via the link below.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204837

+How do I encrypt the hard disk?

It is strongly recommended that all data is backed up before commencing encryption activities.

Depending on the amount of data on the device, encryption can take considerable time and it is best to leave the device connected to an uninterrupted power supply throughout the process.

*Please be aware the above links take you to external websites and Durham University is not responsible for their content.

+Is DU Box storage secure?

Box is a market leading secure platform adhering to international security standards. Box has ISO 27001 and 27018 accreditation, along with UK G-cloud Approval for Official Data. Further Box supports PCI DSS, TÜV Rheinland Cloud Security Certification, FIPS 140-2, SEC 17a- 4, and HIPAA/HITECH. Data is encrypted at rest using 256-bit AES encryption, and in transit using high-strength TLS encryption.

+What data can I store in DU Box?

Box has been provisioned to support research staff store and collaborate with colleagues, according to the University’s Information Security Classification policy

Research data can be stored within DU Box which is classified up to and including Confidential.

DU Box should not be used for data classified as Secret, for example information relating to counter-terrorism activities or security arrangements for some VIP visitors.

+Where is my data stored in DU Box?

Box Zones has been purchased which means files and folders are only stored in the EU, limited to the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. Personal usage data in terms of how the product is used - features that are used the most and so on - will be sent outside of the EU to the USA.