Centralized campus computers (staff & faculty machines with the UAS campus build) utilize a background synchronization process to ensure user data is both backed up and encrypted.
Backed up: When on the campus network, your computer is configured to perform saving of files (Desktop, My Documents & Favorites folders) immediately to our servers. Silently, and in the background, these files are synchronized to your local computer in an encrypted format to ensure their availability when the network is no longer available (off campus, on a plane, etc).
Encrypted: With most home computers, if a nefarious person gains access to your computer, they can easily access the files held in on your hard drive using a second computer. In the case of centralized UAS computers, using encryption for your synchronized files (Desktop, My Documents & Favorites) adds an extra layer of security to help protect user and institutional data. The only way for the files to be accessed is through a decryption using the associated user credentials. (Obviously, one should never keep their password affixed to the laptop!)