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Working Off Campus

KU offers many services that make it possible to work remotely and access the KU resources you need from anywhere in the world. Working off campus comes with its own set of security challenges. The following resources can help improve your security and protect the KU data you're responsible for.

IT Policies

There are numerous policies, procedures, guides and standards pertaining to information technology at KU. As a KU employee, you are required to know and follow these policies while working on campus or off campus. See IT Policies for a complete list of the technology-related policies at KU. All University information technology policies and related documentation are also available via the KU Policy Library.


KU Anywhere (VPN - faculty and staff only)

KU Anywhere KU's Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. KU Anywhere allows secure access to resources on the KU network, such as departmental file servers, from a computer that is not connected to the KU's network but is connected to the internet. See KU Anywhere for overview, access and support information.


Be Very Cautious Using Public Wi-Fi

When you're working off campus, free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) can be tempting. However, connecting to public or "open" Wi-Fi networks is a big security risk. If you can avoid it, don't ever connect to public Wi-Fi. See Public Wi-Fi for best practices when connecting to public wireless networks.


Avoid Untrusted Charging Stations and External Devices

Charging Stations:
Do not use USB-based public charging stations. “Juice jacking” attacks can install malware on your mobile device and/or copy data from your device. Only use chargers you brought with you from home and know to be good.

External Devices
Only plug external devices, such as USB flash drives and external hard drives, into your machine if you trust the source. Avoid using free promotional items such as USB flash drives. Instead buy your own high-quality devices. Anything you plug in to your computer or mobile device could be used to transmit malware.


Use a Privacy Screen

When you are away from the privacy of your office, considering using a privacy screen cover to protect your information from prying eyes. Privacy screens are screen covers that make it so only the person directly in front of the screen can see clearly what's on the screen.


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