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Cybersecurity While Traveling: Tips and Tricks

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When on a business trip and constantly using your mobile device for work, you need to be wary that you’re more at risk of attack. There are certain best practices that all employees should follow when travelling with your work devices.

Rule number one: Lock it up. Always make sure your devices are locked and password-protected. Should you lose your device, or it’s stolen, your first line of defense is a strong password. Even simple storage devices such as your USB thumb drive should have a password.

Furthermore, if it’s possible, enable a two-factor authentication. On top of a password, use a credential system that either requires you to insert an unlocking USB device or a biometric lock, assuming that’s feature on the device.

If you’re traveling with sensitive data on your laptop, it’s recommended you fully encrypt your device with disk encryption software. This locks your data away behind more authentication factors and is encrypted, so if it falls into the wrong hand, they can’t strong arm their way through to the disk. The data is scrambled and is impossible to decipher without the password.

A feature on many laptops and mobile phones is an auto-connect option for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Make sure this is off, as you don’t want to auto-connect to just any Wi-Fi connection you pass, as most public Wi-Fi connections are unsecured, and some can be set up for malicious purposes to gain access or download malware to your device.

Ideally, you don’t want to store sensitive data on your device. Instead access it through the cloud over an encrypted connection such as a cloud access security broker (CASB).

“Don’t store sensitive work data on a mobile device, period,” said Mandy Newman, vice president of customer success for Ericom Software. “Mobile devices can easily fall into the wrong hands, where they are subject to tampering by sophisticated cyber criminals who are only too happy to sell that data to the highest bidder. Instead, data should remain securely within the corporate data center and accessed remotely over an encrypted connection that protects the session from prying eyes, even when using public Wi-Fi.”

For business that have multiple employees who frequently travel with devices, a mobile device management solution (MDM) can help you keep track of those devices and make sure they remain secure. Most solutions include features to keep onboarded devices safe from unauthorized usage and access to work-related data and networks.

 

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