U-M faculty, staff, and students can add an extra layer of security to their U-M GMail email messages by using Virtru. Virtru allows you to send end-to-end encrypted email. You choose whether to turn encryption on for each email that you send. Virtru includes a number of security features and options to help you control access to the email that you send when using the tool. With Virtru you can see whether the recipient has opened the email, prevent an email from being forwarded, set an expiry date beyond which the email cannot be read, revoke the ability to read an email after it has been sent, and more.
Virtru provides end-to-end encryption for individual U-M Gmail messages. While this provides additional security, some types of sensitive regulated data may not be sent through email, encrypted or not.
While you can use Virtru encryption to send Social Security numbers in email if required by law or essential business processes, you should generally not send them through email. It is preferred that you use institutional resources designed to house this data, such as the Data Warehouse. Information Assurance (IA) can help you explore appropriate storage locations or work with you to appropriately encrypt the data if those alternatives will not work for you. (Contact IA via the ITS Service Center.)