Mobile computing and storage devices are extremely convenient yet pose a considerable risk if lost or stolen. Information stored on these devices or media may result in identity theft or unauthorized access to secure systems, networks, and resources. Some practices that you can employ to ensure security of your mobile device:
Sensitive and confidential information should not be stored on portable devices or media such as laptops, PDAs, smart phones, USB drives, CDs, DVDs, tape cartridges, etc.
If it becomes absolutely necessary to use a mobile device for storage, protect it by using some form of encryption and other controls. When not in your personal possession, keep all such mobile devices in a locked and secure area.
Contact the Information Security Office at 512.245.4225 for further information on how to secure mobile devices.
Texas State has an on-campus media disposal/destruction service. You can dispose of any magnetic media (e.g., hard disk drives, USB drives, backup tape cartridges, DVDs, CDs, etc.) or any devices containing such media (e.g., computers, PDAs and smart phones, printers, copiers, etc.).
Further information about media disposal is available through the IT Assistance Center (ITAC) at 512.245.4822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.