Security Risks

Security Risks

Know the security risks before you go and how to mitigate such risks. In this section, you will learn some basic fundamentals of good personal security, country specific security information, recommendations, guidelines, and tips to help you manage risks in your specific international destinations. See the Safety Issues now, and, if applicable, this section specifically for Students.


After you finish studying this section, you will know:

  • basic fundamentals of good personal security
  • the risk content of U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts for your international destinations
  • other sources to help you understand more about security, political, economic, and travel risks for your destinations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Daily Security Summary, local news sources, etc.
  • useful security and travel tips is a U.S. foreign policy site that gives overviews and updates on current regional and world topics.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Daily Security Summary

The Church Security Department publishes a Daily Security Summary (DSS), a compilation of current international news summaries, comments, advice, and warnings. The DSS is conveniently organized and divided into geographic areas of the Church. It is published each week day after 4:00 P.M. and may be accessed at International SOS, click the Members Login, and enter the BYU account code (students will receive the code at the BYU Hawaii travel office. The DSS link may be found in the lower right hand corner of the homepage under Security Reports.

Helpful Links

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is a Federal Advisory Committee with a U.S. Government Charter to promote security cooperation between American business and private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. As an international traveler, you will find daily news reports, global crime summaries by country, and a resource library.

Similar to the U.S. Department of State, the Australian, British, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Offices (the ABC’s of safety and security) provide and array of specific travel advice, security, safety, health, medical, local laws, customs, and cultural information.
A. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
B. British Foreign and Commonwealth Office 

C. Foreign Affairs Canada 

The Center for Global Education Safety Abroad Handbook provides resources and preparation tips for students considering and/or planning for study abroad and parents trying to help them.

CIA—The World Factbook contains a comprehensive profile on every country of the world with country maps and flags.

U.S. Department of State Online Safety Brochures: Personal Security—At Home,On the Street, While Traveling provides histories of international airport and airline safety for most international airports and carriers. This information may be important for you to know before you select a particular international carrier and airport.

Airports of the World 

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides the latest information on new U.S. airport security regulations and what to pack. TSA also shows the current Department of Homeland Security Alert Status.

International News Sources

Before you travel to your international destination, know what the local news is saying and understand current events. People have a tendency to believe what they read, so be aware that what the local international news is reporting may be different than what U.S. news agencies are reporting at home. This difference in journalistic viewpoint could become a personal security issue to the foreign visitor



  1. List five fundamentals of good personal security.
  2. List three things you learned from visiting the Safety Issues page.
  3. What is International SOS and how can they help you?
  4. List three security-related things you learned about your travel destination(s) on the International SOS web site.
  5. Make a note of the International SOS web site and the membership and service access code.
  6. List two things you have learned about security and travel safety from one of the following websites: A. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, B. British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, C. Foreign Affairs Canada
  7. Where do your travel destinations fall on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)? What does this mean?
  8. Find an online newspaper(s)for your destination(s), read up on local current events. Follow a particular issue for several days that may affect you as a traveler in the region. This issue could be political, economic, social, or security-related.
  9. Write down one security tip from each of the 11 areas under "Precautions to Take While Traveling" on the Safety Issues page. Read and become familiar with the ones that are applicable to your travel plan.