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7/23/2014
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Jerry Irvine
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Summer Travel Cyber Security Tips For Government Employees

Vacationing as a government employee brings special security concerns. Follow these precautions to protect your devices and data on the beach and beyond.

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BobH088
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7/25/2014 | 9:24:37 AM
security solution?
One of the most common causes of data getting in the wrong hands is the loss of mobile devices that often contain a frightening amount of private information. I want to share a protection option that worked for me. Tracer tags (mystufflostandfound.com) let someone who finds your lost stuff contact you directly without exposing your private information.  I use them on almost everything I take when I travel like my phone, passport and luggage after one of the tags was responsible for getting my lost laptop returned to me in Rome one time.
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7/23/2014 | 6:37:40 PM
Whither protection of sensitive data?
Allow me to ask about the 500 lb elephant in the room not being addressed - why would a government employee in the possession of sensitive information be taking his or her (no doubt) agency owned electronic device with him on vacation in the first place?  An even better question is why the heck is the device permitted to leave the office at all?  This sure puts firmly into perspective all of those stolen unencrypted, employee laptops containing social security numbers the VA and other government agencies keep losing.  
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