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16 Cybersecurity Tips for Your End of Year Travels

Here is the sad reality: when COVID-19 entered to our lives at the start of 2020, travel exited. Conferences, events, meetings with international partners, business or leisure travel all ceased to exist and was resignedly traded in for virtual spaces. But now, in 2022, as the world gradually lifts its restrictions and opens up its borders again, people are traveling again too (especially at the end of year when the school holidays are for those who have kids, and when people need to start clearing their leaves).

But whether employees are traveling for business or pleasure, companies need to consider the cybersecurity implications of that travel. It’s easy to understand how physical safety is put at risk when you travel: you’re exposed to new modes of transportation, environmental factors, and tourists are often given extra attention from pickpockets and scammers. But did you know your data is also at a greater risk when you travel?

Here's What Your Business Needs to Know About Data Security While Traveling:

Why Traveling Poses a Risk to Your Business

It’s not only personal data that’s at risk—every time an employee travels with devices containing company data (which can be something as simple as even having their company’s email app on their phone), they put their employer’s data at risk too. Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for opportunities, and the surge in end of year travel presents an excellent opportunity for cybercrime.

Here are just a few common threats that travelers may come across:

  • Business Email Compromise—texts, emails, and other phishing activities that disguise themselves as routine communications. This content will often be from what seems like a trustworthy source but are actually bad actors trying to uncover confi