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Email: Secure Email

Email for Moderate and High Risk Data

The Secure Email service is designed for faculty, staff, and students who need to use email to send Moderate or High Risk Data.

The Stanford Secure Email service is designed as an opt-in service. The service assumes that a Stanford community member can identify whether or not they need to use the service. If you aren't sure if the data you are sending to a non-Stanford Email account qualifies as data that must be encrypted, please see the Risk Classification guidelines.


  • Uses reliable technology to encrypt email messages sent to off-campus addresses.
  • Easy to use for busy medical employees who must comply with HIPAA guidelines.

Designed for

Current faculty, staff, and students


Webmail or a desktop email client configured correctly for the Stanford environment as described in Configuring Your Email Program. The email client configuration instructions are the same for Secure Email and regular email.

Data security

May be used with Low, Moderate, and High Risk Data, as defined by the Information Security Office.


Free of charge

Get started

Using the service is easy. All you need to do is put "Secure:" somewhere in the subject line of the message.

Get help

For assistance, please contact your local Help Desk. For Medical School, call 5-8000. For non-Medical School users, please submit a Help ticket or dial 5-HELP.

Learn more

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Last modified May 3, 2023