Business Travellers Increasingly Vulnerable To Data Theft
TREVOSE, Pa., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As reports of corporate information theft continue to rise and cybercrime is predicted to cost business between $2.1 trillioni in 2019 to $6 trillionii by 2021, one area of particular concern is information security while travelling on business. Whether in-transit, or at their destination location, business travelers – and by extension their corporate networks – are potentially more vulnerable to malicious cyber and physical information security threats, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated and audacious in their methods of accessing travelers' confidential corporate information.
It is now standard practice for employees to access company information via mobile devices including laptops, smart phones and tablets, while traveling, or to take sensitive documents with them. Although cyber and information security threats are not constrained by geographic boundaries, travel increases the risk. This is because potential attackers may control the infrastructure on which communications travel, or have greater opportunity to gain physical access to a target and their portable devices. Business travelers are also far more likely to connect to insecure Wi-Fi networks while traveling. As a consequence, away from the office environment, there is greater data vulnerability.
The vast majority of organizations will have comprehensive information security policies in place to protect their privileged data, but when this information is being legitimately accessed remotely by employees on the move, the compliance challenge to keep company information secure is heightened. Malicious information security threats can also use a variety of human and technical intelligence tactics and techniques to collect information, which complicates efforts to secure commercially sensitive information.
To support companies facing this challenge, Control Risks and International SOS, leading providers of travel security services, have introduced an addition to their range of training resources for organizations – the Cyber and Information Security for Travelers course. This eLearning course aims to create greater awareness and understanding of cyber and information security threats, and provide advice and guidance on how business travellers can reduce their exposure to the risk of data theft. The nline course is scalable, easily accessible and interactive, and is, importantly, designed by experts in cyber, information and travel security experts from the two organizations.
Alex McSporran, Director at Control Risks and International SOS, said, 'With the increasing and constantly evolving threat to company information, in particular information accessed or stored on mobile devices, organizations can provide greater protection for their data through targeted, expert training for their employees. 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.'
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i Juniper Research figure quoted in Forbes magazine http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevemorgan/2016/01/17/cyber-crime-costs-projected-to-reach-2-trillion-by-2019
ii Cyber Security Ventures Cybercrime Report 2016 http://cybersecurityventures.com/hackerpocalypse-cybercrime-report-2016/
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