Data theft: A rising threat to business travellers

Control Risks and International SOS have introduced new training course specifically for travel security.

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Data theft: A rising threat to business travellers McSporran: "With the increasing and constantly evolving threat to company information, in particular information accessed or stored on mobile devices, organisations can provide greater protection for their data through targeted, expert training for their employees."
By  Alexander Pieri Published  February 27, 2017

With an increasing number of reported incidents revolving around corporate information theft, which is expected to reach $6tn by 2021 according to the Cyber Security Ventures Cybercrime Report 2016, one area of growing concern lies with IT threats to employees while traveling on business.

As it has become more common for employees to access business IT infrastructure and data remotely, the compliance challenges surrounding maintaining the integrity of company data is increased substantially.

Cyber criminals can utilised a combination of human and technical intelligence tactics to collate information that makes it even more difficult to keep sensitive data secure.

To combat this rising threat, Control Risks and International SOS, providers of travel security services, have introduced a new training resources for organisations - the Cyber and Information Security for Travellers course.

The new eLearning course introduces security concepts and guidelines that will help organisations improve the mobile security capabilities of their security infrastructure, while also minimising exposure of their employees.

Alex McSporran, director at Control Risks and International SOS, explained, "With the increasing and constantly evolving threat to company information, in particular information accessed or stored on mobile devices, organisations can provide greater protection for their data through targeted, expert training for their employees.

He added: "This will equip them with a better understanding of the nature of the risk, and the measures they can take to better secure their information. While technical defences remain critical, appropriate training, planning, preparedness and vigilance can make a real difference in thwarting a potential data compromise."

Control Risks and International SOS shared their top tips to help individuals protect data while traveling:

1. Before you travel, it's important to research the potential threats to your company's sensitive commercial information, specific to the location you'll be visiting. This will enable you to implement effective security measures to help prevent problems during your trip.

2. Avoid advertising online the exact location or purpose of your business trip.

3. Software Update Make sure that all software on your devices (including but not limited to antivirus software) is up-to-date before departure.

4. Avoid connecting to non-secure networks (such as public WiFi hotspots) when you travel. Where possible, disable any WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, which can provide additional entry points for attackers and can be exploited without your knowledge. Turning these off will further reduce the likelihood of sensitive information being stolen from your devices.

5. In locations assessed as HIGH threat (this may vary from company to company, depending on the nature of their operations), maintain physical control of your devices and sensitive information at all times. Keep your laptop with you as carry-on luggage and do not loan it to anyone while travelling. When you return from a high-threat location, or if you have witnessed any suspicious activity on your devices, ask your IT service desk to check for signs of malware, unauthorised access, corruption or intrusion. Do not connect your devices to sensitive networks until they have been verified as safe.

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