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Personal Device Protection


Personal device protection is a unique challenge for the higher education sector compared to other industries. On any given day, tens of thousands of mobile devices and personal laptops directly connect into our digital ecosystem. This creates a complicated equation for the OCISO when protecting the Bruin community.


Personal Device Protection

The FBI has seen a 400% increase in the number of reported online crimes since the pandemic began.


Internet use is up by about 70% since the pandemic began.


There will be one ransomware attack every 11 seconds.


In 2021, the worldwide average cost of a data breach was $9.05 million.

Security Tactics

KNow the Basics
  • Use multi-factor authentication & strong passwords
  • Enable automatic app and software updates
  • Secure connections with a VPN
  • Follow basic safety practices when using devices that connect to the internet
  • Do not leave your device unattended
Have a personal device security plan
  • Be awareMost device thefts occur in airports, mass transit, and unattended automobiles. Always keep your items concealed when in a public place. When traveling, carry your devices in a nondescript carrying case, briefcase, or bag. Do not leave your devices unattended in your vehicle.
  • Encrypt and back up informationDetermine if your device automatically encrypts your data. If not, enable it or install encryption software. Back up your data regularly and keep a copy of important files in a safe, external location.
  • Install location-tracking software Use tracking and recovery software included with most devices (e.g., the "Find My iPhone" feature in iOS) or invest in commercial products like LoJack or Prey. There are free and paid versions of these apps, each with different features, so you can choose the best one for your circumstances.  
  • Do Not leave your device alone - Keeping your device on hand is usually the safest practice. If it's not safe or practical to take it with you, lock your device with a security cable or in a cabinet or drawer. 



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