Friday, April 14, 2017

Travel ban impact for laptops/cell phones

The current Federal Administration’s Executive Orders on Immigration and Travel have raised concern for some MGH researchers, providers and community members who plan to travel.

The Partners Information Security Department recommends that in regard to laptops, tablets and cell phones, comply with requests by an authorized representative of a sovereign nation. Within reason, no cyber-security, privacy or compliance obligation should affect one’s personal health and safety. Staff should take due care when traveling internationally to protect their personal belongings and the data they travel with, the risk of theft or loss is greater than the actions of a Customs and Border Protection official. 

Quick tips:

--If possible, bring a substitute laptop and/or phone instead of your regular device. This decreases the risk of losing confidential information.
--Store data remotely at Partners, not locally on the device (e.g. DropBox for Business, Partners Shared File Area) 
--Be aware of password requirements and encryption restrictions in certain countries. You cannot have encryption enabled when traveling to: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Wildes: rwildes@partners.org for TravelSafe and general travel matters

Toby Tsuchida: ttsuchida@partners.org for Information Security matters



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