PC Security on the Road
Access to IT assets while traveling, or at home,
is widely practiced at CDC. The standard on movement of information into
and out of CDC-controlled environments is an important part of the information
you need to do you job properly.
Please review it now, at CDC
& ATSDR Standard for Individual Access To/From CDC Internal IT Resources.
Theft opportunities increase when you travel. Professional
thieves know this and will take advantage of it if you drop your guard.
Common places they will be watching include:
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Explanation of tips for PC Security on the Road
|At an airline or rental
Never leave your computer bag unattended.
It will disappear quickly if you do so. If you have to set it down you
should stand with your foot through the shoulder strap. This could prevent
someone from simply picking it up and walking away with it.
|While going through the
After you set your computer bag on the x-ray conveyor
belt, a decoy will jump in front of you and set off the metal detector
alarm deliberately. Meanwhile an accomplice steals your computer on the
other end of the conveyor belt. Before placing your computer on the conveyor
belt, ensure that the pathway through the metal detector is clear of other
individuals so you may pass without delay.
As you are loading
your luggage into a taxi
It's easy to become distracted while loading multiple
bags or suitcases into a taxi. There could even be an alliance between
a computer thief and a taxi driver to make matters worse. Keep your computer
bag on your shoulder if possible. Do not allow the taxi driver to load
it in the trunk. Carry it with you into the vehicle where it will be safe
|On a crowded train
In many large cities the main method of commuting
is mass transit such as trains or buses. A computer thief will wait until
an unsuspecting traveler lets down their guard. Then, when the doors open
they will run by, grabbing the computer bag, and head straight out the
door of the vehicle. It can happen before you know what hit you. Always
keep a firm grip on your computer bag strap or handle. Be aware of others
|At a meeting or conference
Hotels and convention centers are prime territory
for unattended computers or visitors with computers that let down their
guard. In one real life case, an entire hotel conference room of PC's
was taken while the meeting attendees were getting their lunch. Always
lock your PC to a solid fixture if you think you may have to leave it
unattended. Secure your data further by utilizing a password protected
screen saver. Avoid leaving your equipment unattended if at all possible.
If sensitive, or restricted access data are stored on the device, encryption
is required by CDC policy.
|While waiting for your
A thieve can reach under the row of terminal seats
or sit down near you. If your computer bag is on the floor, keep your
foot through the shoulder strap. If you can, place it in the seat next
to you with your arm through the shoulder strap or with a grip on the
PC thieves have actually posed as bellmen helping
you unload your bags from your vehicle and directing you inside for registration.
Once inside they disappear with your PC. Additionally, when you leave
your room for dinner or other functions, use a good lock down device or
security cable. Secure your computer to a good solid fixture such as a
large table, a radiator, a pipe, or even the base of the toilet if nothing
else is available.
|While using a public
Business travelers are often seen talking on a pay
phone while holding files, day planners, pens, etc. If you find yourself
in this type of a situation set your computer bag down and stand with
your foot through the shoulder strap. This can prevent someone from picking
it up and walking away with it while you are distracted with the business
If you stop to
help a stranger (decoy)
This ploy usually involves two or more individuals.
One person will stop you to ask for assistance, directions, change, etc.
While you are busy helping them their accomplice steals your computer
bag. A person that is truly in need of help will not mind if you secure
your things before offering assistance.