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DATA AT REST (DAR) Deployment @ HQ
 

This page contains HQ-specific information regarding Data-at-Rest (DAR) encryption services at Headquarters.

As mandated by Federal law and Agency policy, all NASA-issued laptops, as well as desktops with sensitive data, must have Data-At-Rest (DAR) whole-disk encryption software.

Per the Agency directive dated November 13, 2012, no NASA-issued laptop may be removed from a NASA facility unless DAR encryption software is enabled.

Purpose of DAR Encryption

Due to the risk of critical data loss in the event of lost or stolen computers, NASA has implemented Data-at-Rest (DAR) encryption on all laptop computers as well as desktop computers with sensitive data (e.g., Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) data).  DAR encryption helps mitigate the risk of critical data loss in the event of a lost or stolen computer.

About DAR Encryption

With DAR encryption, the data on the computer is encrypted when your computer is not in an active state (e.g., when the power is turned off or the device is in hibernation mode). Therefore, the data will not be accessible in the event of computer loss or theft. DAR software encrypts every sector of the hard drive inside the computer and only allows authorized NASA users to log in past that encryption.

Encrypting Individual Files and E-mail

DAR does not take the place of Entrust PKI for encrypting individual files or for sending encrypted e-mail messages. E-mail messages sent from your laptop or desktop will be unencrypted unless you use Entrust to protect the message. DAR is designed solely to protect against the loss or theft of your computer (i.e. a laptop stolen from a car or left in an airport lobby).

 
DAR WAIVER PROCESS

Beginning May 13, 2013 all DAR waiver requests must be submitted on an updated Data-At-Rest (DAR) Waiver form known as NF1820. The form is available on the NASA Electronic Forms (NEF) Web site. To use NF1820, you must download the document in PDF format from the NEF site and save it to your computer. The form can then be opened in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, completed, and submitted via e-mail.

The form has been redesigned to make it simpler to complete. Details on form improvements are available in the May 3 ACES message entitled New DAR Waiver Process.
The purpose of implementing DAR on NASA computers is to protect information from being compromised in the event a computer is lost or stolen. NASA has selected an Agency standard solution, Symantec PGP Full Disk Encryption, which is available via the ACES contract, to help provide this protection with a solution that meets all federal government requirements. If you are submitting a waiver request, it is because you either have a business/mission justification for not using encryption, or for using an alternate form of encryption from the Agency standard. While this waiver process may seem cumbersome to some, it is a key means of the Agency managing IT risk, and your cooperation and support of this effort is truly appreciated.

DOCUMENTATION


Resources

* Accessible to NASA only

DAR Encryption Overview (for NASA HQ)
(2-page informational sheet)
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DAR Encryption FAQs New
+ View PDF *

Symantec PGP Password Guide New
+ View PDF *

DAR User Guide
(Customized for NASA HQ)
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User Leave Behinds
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DAR Leave Behind for Refreshed Computers
(Customized for NASA HQ)
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DAR Leave Behind for Manual Installation
(Customized for NASA HQ)
+ View PDF *

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