Recommendations for Foreign Travel
Be sure to contact ITS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-898-2589 with IT related travel questions.
Before you go:
Backup all data, and take only the minimum data necessary. Avoid carrying any University sensitive or confidential data unless absolutely necessary.
- Consider changing your PennKey and LawKey passwords for the duration of your travel
- Work with ITS on a methodology for remote identity proofing in the event that a device is lost or stolen and new credentials must be issued.
- Ensure best practices are in place for all mobile devices: encryption*, PIN or strong password protection, auto-lock after inactivity, auto-wipe after failed login attempts, device location services, and remote wipe.
- Notify ITS of your travel itinerary so we can ensure your continued access to Penn Carey Law services abroad.
While you’re there:
- Know your wireless network and use encrypted services. WiFi connections that encrypt traffic are restricted with a password and are preferable to free and/or unencrypted services. Encrypted WiFi is provided by a trusted source similar to a University, a colleague, or a hotel, etc. (If you must use a free WiFi connection, avoid connecting to any website or service that requires password authentication including Penn systems with sensitive data, banking or financial sites, etc.)
- Use Penn’s GlobalProtect VPN to connect securely to the campus network.
- Do not access systems or accounts that are not absolutely necessary
- Do not leave computers, phones and other electronic devices unattended (e.g., in hotel room) if at all possible.
When you return:
- Consider a wipe & re-install OS or restore from trusted backup. Carefully consider the transfer of any new data on to the restored system and scan before transfer.
- Consider changing your PennKey/LawKey password if you used it while on your trip.
- Consider taking a loaner laptop from ITS and take only the required data needed for your trip. Reserve a loaner through ITS
- Consider whether or not it is feasible to use disposable (e.g., “burner”) accounts for email, file sharing and any other required services.
Remember that not all internet connections are equal, and give preference to cellular over WiFi if available and coordinated with your provider in advance. Many carriers will rent a cellular WiFi hostpot that will allow you to use cellular data via WiFi. This is not only convenient, but it is safer than using other WiFi.
(Note: Law School WiFi HotSpots do not work internationally. If you are traveling internationally and need a WiFi hotspot, please contact ITS at least 7 business days before your trip.)
* Please note that you may be asked to relinquish or decrypt resources by local or national government officials.