International travel with electronic devices requires special precautions. Remote devices and the information they contain should be protected while accessing the Internet or not physically under your control.
CIT has compiled helpful information and suggests that you start preparing weeks before leaving on an international trip.
Mobile electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones, when taken abroad, may be successfully attacked with malware and automated attack tools. These devices, even when kept current with security software, may not be able to thwart such an attack.
Some countries, such as China, Israel, and Russia have restrictions on the import and use of encryption tools and do not allow cryptography tools to be imported or used within their borders without a license, or in some extreme cases, at all.
Under these restrictions, any country can potentially confiscate systems entering or leaving their borders. For that reason, we strongly recommend loaner devices. If travel to one of these countries is a frequent or routine occurrence and/or loaner equipment isn't a viable option, the IT Security Office can work with your IT support provider on alternative solutions.
For additional information, please contact your designated IT Security Liaison.
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team's International Mobile Safety Tips
National Counterintelligence and Security Center’s Travel Trips for Traveling Overseas with Mobile Phones, Laptops, PDAs, and Other Electronic Devices
Updated 6/9/17 KMR