USC Office of Compliance

How Will You Protect The Information You Are Taking With You?

Some helpful tips to protect the information you will be taking with you include:

  • Do not store sensitive data on any internal or external local media
  • Leave any sensitive data stored securely on USC servers.  If you need to access the data, do so via secured communications (i.e. VPN)
  • All information you send electronically by fax machine, computer, or mobile phone – can be intercepted, read, deleted, and modified.  Wireless devices are especially vulnerable.
  • Sanitize your mobile device to ensure no sensitive contact, research, or personal data is on it.  If feasible, use a "clean" device, and a new email account while traveling.
  • Don't take information you don’t need, including sensitive contact information.  Consider the consequences if your information were stolen.
  • Change Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings so that they are non-discoverable.
  • Don't leave electronic devices unattended.
  • Don't use USB flash drives given to you – they may be compromised.
  • If you absolutely have to use your USB flash drive in a foreign computer, assume you've been compromised; do not use that USB flash drive again – it is not a trusted device.
  • Don't open emails or attachments from unknown sources.  Don't click on links in emails.  Empty your "trash" and "recent" folders after every use.

For additional guidance, please contact the Office of Information Security at (213) 821-2614.