How to Check your Encryption Status

There are multiple methods for deploying whole-disk encryptions are used at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Below are the most two common operating systems methods. 

If you have any questions or use other operating system and having trouble with encryption, please contact Kang Chen

If you find your drive is not encrypted. Please check the instruction URL below for encryption instruction:

If the device will be used by multiple users in the future. Please select “Create a recovery key and do not use my iCloud account” when turning on encryption.


  1. Click on the search bar at the bottom-left of the Windows Desktop.

2. Type “control panel” to find the icon. Click on Control Panel to open the control panel window.

3. Change the view of the functions by clicking on the View by: to “Large Icons”

4. Click “BitLocker Drive Encryption”

5. If the drive is encrypted. The settings should show Windows’s drive (C:) with a lock-on icon.

6. Use “Manage Bitlocker” and save the key to a file to upload as a proof.

Apple Mac OSX

  1. Click the Apple icon on the top-left. Select “System Preferences”

2. Click on “Security & Privacy” in the system preferences.

3. Click on “FileVault” tab. If the drive is already encrypted, the message will show “FilaVault is turned on for the disk “xxxxxx”.


4. Take a screen shot by:

a. Press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 4.

b. Drag the crosshair  to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.

5. Upload the screenshot file as proof.