Securing Your Mobile Devices

Many mobile devices, especially smart phones widely in use today, have expanded capabilities that make them more than a phone or a standalone device.  These expanded capabilities also create new challenges for private and sensitive information. The ability of smart phones to store significant amounts of data and to connect to secure remote services, coupled with a small form factor which makes them susceptible to loss or theft, poses a significant risk to the security of personal and institutional information.

Just in the way that you protect your ATM card and bank accounts, these devices must be protected using a Personal Identifying Number (PIN) coupled with an autolock feature. Take a moment now to ensure that your device is properly protected. An unsecured device can allow unauthorized individuals to access your personal data and gain remote entry to valuable University Resources.

If you are an iPad or iPhone user and must connect to resources at the University with your mobile device, you are strongly encouraged to use the University Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to protect the security of any information as it is transmitted. See the Remote Access (VPN) iPhone and iPad Install page for more information. For non-iPad or iPhone users, please note that at this time, VPN services are not available for use on other mobile devices. If the transmission can wait, we encourage you to use the VPN on a home or other secure computer.

If your mobile device is lost or stolen, immediately notify the Northeastern Public Safety Office at x2121 and contact the Information & Technology Security Office (ITSECURITY@neu.edu).

Remember: Protect it with a PIN

Posted in 2011 January IS Newsletter and tagged , .