Companies face an increased risk of cyberattacks when their team members travel. Business travelers are a prime target for cyber criminals because they carry valuable company and client data on their devices. Cyber criminals also know that business travelers aren’t always vigilant when it comes to securing their devices, making them more susceptible to data breaches.
Another factor that also contributes to additional risk is that security on the road and in the air is unsecure. For instance, public Wi-Fi networks in hotels and airports make it easy for cyberhackers to find and access connected devices. It’s not difficult for cybercriminals to read and track your information when connected to a public network.
With more businesses resuming travel, cyber criminals are on the prowl. Here are some tips to protect your company data and make sure it doesn’t get into the wrong hands while traveling. We encourage you to share these tips with your employees.
* Close devices when not doing business. Keep devices locked and locked away in a hotel safe when they’re not being used. In addition to a strong password or PIN, multifactor verifications can make it more challenging for a hacker to get into your device.
* Use VPN with public Wi-Fi. Companies can reduce the risk of their employees getting hacked on a public Wi-Fi network by using a VPN, which encrypts your device’s information so passwords and data cannot be read.
* Update software. Make sure software is always updated, especially before going on the road. Software updates are critical to maintaining security on your device.
* Have a response plan. Whether they’re traveling or not, employees should have a response plan so they know exactly what to do if their device has been lost, stolen or if they’ve detected that their device may have been hacked.
ICC can help you put together a comprehensive security plan for when your team travels. We conduct a number of audits and tests, as well as put tactics in place, to significantly reduce the possibility of an attack, protect your data and most importantly – have the ability to restore it. Our defense strategy includes network security, email security, security patches & updates, employee education, backups and quarterly cybersecurity reviews to boost your defenses against cybercriminals and lost data. If you are missing one piece of the pie, you may be exposed to cyber-attacks and could be faced with significant business disruption and financial loss.
Give us a call to start putting a plan in place for your company at 970.821.8588 in Colorado or 307.632.2022 in Wyoming.
September 21, 2022