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Technology Guidelines for International Travelers

Information Security

The Office of International Program and the Office of Research provide many recommendations for travel while on University business. Drexel IT Information Security also provides the following technology, information security, and privacy recommendations:

  • Travel with less
    Do not travel with any electronic devices that can store music, photos, or files unless necessary. This can minimize the loss of your data in the event your device is stolen, infected with malware or spyware, and/or accessed without authorization. You can access your Drexel email and OneDrive anywhere by visiting portal.office.com.
  • Check regulations
    Depending on your destination, taking an encrypted device without proper authorization may violate US export laws and other countries’ import regulations. This could result in the confiscation of your electronic devices, fines, and/or other penalties.

    Drexel-owned laptops are encrypted as part of the Drexel Data Security Initiative. Drexel IT does not allow encrypted devices to be decrypted for international travel purposes. Please check with your local IT Help Desk, as they might have loaner laptops available for international travel use.

    Smart phones and tablets are encrypted for faculty and professional staff who have their Drexel email configured on their devices. To disable encryption from iPhones and iPads, simply remove your passcode and Drexel email account from your device. To remove encryption on Android devices, you will need to perform a factory reset, which erases everything on the device.

If you must travel with your device…

  • Inventory the data on your device
    Know what data you are traveling with, especially sensitive and regulated data, in case your device is lost or stolen.
  • Back up your data
    Save a copy of your data to a different location or to the cloud. Save Drexel related data to your Drexel OneDrive.
  • Connect using secure internet connection
    Avoid using free public Wi-Fi and computers. Use Drexel VPN.
  • Change your passwords immediately upon your return
    Change Drexel password and the password to any accounts you access while traveling overseas.
  • Report incidents to Drexel IT Information Security Immediately
    Contact InformationSecurity@drexel.edu immediately if:
    • your device is lost or stolen
    • you suspect a breach of sensitive or regulated data
    • you suspect your account or device has been compromised

For more information on encryption regulations and travel tips, please visit:

The Wassenaar Arrangement Factsheet
Encryption and Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

Travel Tips from The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC)