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Travelling Abroad

Are you travelling abroad on University Business? We have some information to help you…

Travel introduces unique cybersecurity concerns. Travellers are often vulnerable to theft, malicious software, and covert surveillance. In addition, international travel can involve privacy and data import/export laws.

You may also want to look at the travel insurance pages here.

Don't let cybersecurity take a vacation

Continue good cybersecurity practices:

  • Backup your data before you leave.
  • Free wireless networks are generally insecure. Be careful what data you transmit over insecure networks.
  • Never let anyone else borrow or use your device.
  • Use the University VPN when possible.
  • Keep your devices physically secure.
  • Be wary of devices, such as USB drives, that you receive as gifts, as they could contain malware. When you return to the UK pass them to IT Services for inspection.
  • Disable broadcast services, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when they are not needed. These services have the potential to be used to launch attacks or introduce malware to your device.
  • Lock your screen or power off your device when you will be away from it.
  • Do not plug USB powered devices into public charging stations. Such stations can transfer malware to your device or download data from it.

Be familiar with the laws of the countries you're visiting

  • In some countries, customs agents or police officers can confiscate your device. They may require you to unlock or provide passwords for those devices. While your device is confiscated, it may be perfectly legal for those agents to search through your data.
  • In some cases, encrypted devices are permanently confiscated and some types of technology are not allowed at all. The document below gives some advice on countries

Lost or stolen devices

This page outlines what you should do in case of stolen / lost devices, here

Travel Guidance

We have put together some guidance outlining what you need to bear in mind when travelling to certain countries. This information can be found in the document below:

Travelling abroad with technology 1. (PDF, 71 KB)






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