Whenever an employee travels for business, it’s likely that cyber security is one of the last things they’re thinking about. However, cyber security is not only important in the home and office, but on the road as well.
Business travellers are particularly vulnerable, as they often carry multiple devices (e.g., smartphones, laptops and tablets) that all store sensitive data—both personal and company-related. In order to protect your employees that travel for work, instruct them to do the following:
- Install antivirus protection on all applicable devices. Keep this software up to date.
- Lock devices down with a PIN, fingerprint or password. If available, employees should consider using two-factor authentication—a security strategy that is commonly used to add a layer of security to your online accounts by requiring multiple forms of password verification.
- Be wary of public Wi-Fi, particularly if the network is unencrypted. These networks are highly susceptible to cyber attacks, making it easy for criminals to steal data. If employees must use local Wi-Fi, instruct them to avoid accessing personal accounts or sensitive data while connected.
- Keep the operating systems on their devices updated. Older versions of operating systems and software often have unpatched security vulnerabilities. Performing a simple update can help keep information safe.
- Avoid leaving their devices unattended. One of the easiest ways cyber criminals steal data is by having access to the physical devices themselves.
Keeping the above tips in mind can help employees protect their devices and their data whenever they travel.