How do I encrypt my files or are they already encrypted?

In college policy 08:13:01 COMPUTER USAGE, the policy states:

All laptops and peripheral storage devices such as thumb drives must be encrypted. All mobile devices that access college e-mail or FERPA information must have a passcode.

College Laptops

Every College-owned laptop and portable storage device should be encrypted. Encryption will offer an added level of security in case of theft or loss of equipment. Data protection is essential and required for all Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It is our goal to encrypt every College-owned laptop during this FY. We are now using BitLocker as our encryption tool for laptops and flash drives that do not have built-in encryption. It is advised that you keep private records on our SECURE network servers. Your H:\ drive is an example of a safe place to store this data if your job requires such storage. Please refer to policy:

 

Flash Drives

To avoid risk of accidental loss of sensitive college information from portable media, all such devices should be encrypted. Two options are available for this encryption.