CWT Traveler

October 2018


Study: Business travelers are concerned about data safety – plus tips how to keep data safe

According to a study launched by CWT, only 35 percent of all business travelers are confident they can keep their employer’s data safe on the road.

As many as 73 percent of European business travelers reckon their data security is not sufficient. The three situations in which they most fear exposing their company’s data are:

  • Having a laptop or other mobile device stolen or lost

  • Using public Wi-Fi

  • Working on a laptop or other mobile device while traveling

These concerns are not entirely groundless. Almost half of all business travelers were concerned they may have risked a security breach in the past, for example by downloading a file without knowing who sent it or opening a phishing e-mail.

Whatever the situation, it is essential to take appropriate action. But many companies still have shortcomings in this area: Fewer than 20 percent of business travelers say they regularly receive information from their company about data and internet safety.

Here are some useful tips to help you increase your data security from Harshal Mehta, Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer at CWT:

  • Carefully review your company's information security policy to stay abreast of best practices and know what to do if your information is compromised or suspected to be at risk.

  • Keep hold of your electronic devices, telephones, wallets, bank cards, written material, and photocopies of documents. If you're not taking them with you, put them in a safe.

  • Avoid exposing confidential information to strange eyes and ears. Use screensavers that prevent outsiders from viewing your computer screen. Also, exercise caution while having conversations with your colleagues. Make sure no one is listening.

  • Don’t leave confidential information unattended in hotel rooms or meeting rooms. If you no longer require it, make sure it has been properly disposed of and no one can read it.

  • Install access passwords and screen locks on all devices. If possible, also set up some form of encryption.

  • Don't enter your credentials into public computers.

  • Don't use unknown networks. When connecting to the Internet, use reliable networks and a VPN access.

  • Don't plug in accessories that you don’t trust.

  • Use secure pages (https).

  • Don't access unknown links or download suspicious files.

  • Watch where you're charging your cell phone. Plugs can be rigged to access information from mobile devices.

  • Don't share your passwords with anyone, or use a password management website.

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