Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A business trip

It’s Monday morning and your boss tells you that during the next week you’re going to leave town to meet a client. You are ready, from the hotel booking to the suits you’re going to need and, of course, the mobile phone and the laptop. Both of them are used for saving secret information about the company but you have no worries. Cyber Security is important for your company so your data is well saved. But are you sure that the information you’re traveling with is that safe?  

Trustwave tells that the 25% of the infractions in information are caused by error or by an employer. It’s necessary for companies to offer information to guarantee that the workers are ready to protect the information that they carry while traveling and to avoid human mistakes.

Only in the United States of America 457.4 million business travels were counted and that number is going up. It is estimated that waste on business travels is going up on a 5.8% to $1.6 billion in 2020. This new high comes with new threats in information safety. Usually, employees travel with confidential data and if it’s not protected enough, it can affect the company’s reputation by letting client’s information out.

A lot of companies are trying to keep up with cybersecurity but we can’t deny physical data. Losing a suitcase in the airport can produce the same loose than a cyber-attack in the company’s network. Every time more and more employs are conscious about how they use the smartphones and computers when traveling like avoiding the connections to no-verified Wi-Fi or like using safer passwords. But what happens with physical data? It’s as important to protect these data as they’re the company’s information, passports and traveling receipts. First thing a worker should do when going to a meeting is to check if they have all the information with them. A mistake like forgetting a file in the airport can carry serious consequences like legal problems for the company. 

Passports and personal information are goals when violating physical data. Millions of them are stolen every year. A common swindle is to steal information from a traveler by his credit card in the hotel reception when checking in. It might seem a good idea to throw your plane tickets to the bin when you arrive to the destination but we think it’s safer for you to keep them with you until your trip is finished.

In a world absorbed by technology, we are in a point in which we forget about information in traditional paper documents. Implementing a traveling policy that guarantees that the employees are ready to take measures to protect the private information while business traveling.


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