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Laptop Security Services for Traveling Faculty and Staff

Modified on: Tue, Jul 23, 2024 12:35 PM

Information Systems hopes that you have a meaningful and enjoyable experience during your travel abroad. Part of making this a reality is protecting your computer and securing your data during your travel abroad. Very stringent government regulations are in place regarding international travel with encrypted devices. These regulations vary from country to country. In some cases, for example, it is illegal to enter or exit with encrypted data. See Export Controls for specific details. If you are traveling with a computer that has research data on it, make sure that you have completed the following items:

  1. Speak with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. This office will guide you through the university expectations.
  2. Meet with a representative of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to discuss the protection of your data. During this meeting, discuss which of the following options would be the best for you and your data.

Option 1

Faculty or staff member can travel abroad with encrypted data. If you wish to choose this option, you can take your Wake Forest issued computer as-is. All managed computers by Information Systems are encrypted at the hard drive level, which will provide that necessary security for your data. 

Option 2

Faculty or staff member cannot travel abroad with encrypted data and/or travel with their data 

If you wish to choose this option, you can request a lonaer computer from Information Systems. The loaner computer will not contain your data. Please request the computer at least three business days before departing. There is no cost for this request if being used for international travel.  When you return to Wake Forest University from your travels, you will be required to return the loaner computer. The Service Desk will assist you with retrieving any new data that was created on the rented computer. 

Please visit Ask Deac and submit a ticket to rent a laptop from Information Systems for traveling abroad.  Contact the Information Systems Service Desk for assistance.

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