Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Monday, Nov 21, 2022. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.


Posted: 13:00:43, Monday, Nov 21, 2022   Expiration: 13:00:43, Thursday, Jan 5, 2023  

Traveling over the holidays? Follow these precautions from the Rice Information Security Office to protect your data and Rice resources.

Reposting of campus message on 11/18/2022


Dear Colleagues,

As we approach another holiday season and many of us prepare to travel, the Information Security Office would like to remind everyone of a few important points:

  • Technology is highly targeted by thieves, especially in travel areas around the holidays. Leave all unnecessary devices or equipment at home or in a locked office.
  • Devices like laptops and tablets are often lost during busy security screening lines and in crowded terminals. Make sure devices are encrypted and use strong passwords in case the device is lost or stolen. 
  • To prevent the loss of information if a device is lost or stolen, remove sensitive or confidential information from your devices before traveling. You can safely store data on university servers or approved cloud storage systems like Box.com for later access.
  • Use VPN when connecting to unknown or unfamiliar networks. Also, even if prompted when connecting to unfamiliar networks, do not install agents or helper applications, as these are often designed to eavesdrop on connections, even over VPN. 

Traveling internationally? Follow these additional steps to further protect your devices and the information they contain:

For more information, please visit our traveling with technology website or contact the OIT Help Desk at 713-348-HELP or helpdesk@rice.edu.

Thank you and safe travels!

Marc Scarborough

Chief Information Security Officer 

-- Rice U: Liz Brigman

Created: 07:02:42, Monday, Nov 21, 2022 (by Liz B.)
Updated: 13:03:54, Monday, Nov 21, 2022 (by Liz B.)