The UTSA Standard for Portable Computing Security establishes guidance for the use of
mobile computing devices – such as laptops, tablets and smartphones and their connection
to the network – to preserve the integrity, availability and confidentiality of UTSA


This standard supports HOP Policy 8-12 Information Resources Use and Security Policy


This standard applies to all UTSA faculty, staff, and students.


The Office of Information Security


  1. The UTSA Standard for Portable Computing applies equally to all individuals who
    use portable computing devices and access UTSA information resources.
  2. Laptops
    1. Laptops must be protected by a password or other authentication device/process.
    2. Category I UTSA data should not be stored on laptops.
    3. All UTSA-owned laptops must be encrypted using industry-accepted/approved
      encryption techniques.
    4. All remote access to UTSA should occur through the UTSA Virtual Private
      Network (VPN).
    5. User-owned laptops that are used to access the UTSA computer network must
      conform to UTSA Information Resource Standards and have antivirus/antimalware software installed.
    6. Unattended portable computing devices must be physically secured. They must be
      locked in an office, locked in a desk drawer or filing cabinet, or attached to a desk
      or cabinet via a cable lock system.
  3. Other Mobile Devices
    1. Mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets often contain private data such as
      contact information, passwords, phone numbers and store/financial account log in
      information. UTSA Category I data should not be stored on any mobile device.
    2. Where possible, users must:
      1. Install antivirus/anti-malware software
      2. Set a Personally-Identifiable Number (PIN) or password/passphrase
      3. Turn on data encryption (may require use of a password)
      4. Install apps from trusted sources only
      5. Install a locator app or turn on the native locator app
      6. Turn off unneeded services
      7. Uninstall unused applications

OIS 30 – Standard for Portable Computing Security
Effective Date: May 31, 2011
Last Revised: August 4, 2020