As an investigator, you aren’t always in your office, but you usually need access to workplace documents like case files and policies while you’re out in the field. This means that you probably travel with a laptop, smart phone and other devices to make your job easier. Mobile devices are convenient, but they also pose serious risks for today’s business traveler.
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During an investigation, you deal with sensitive information that cannot end up in the hands of others. So how do you make sure information stays secure while on the road?
Here’s a recent Lab Matters webcast featuring Kaspersky Lab malware researcher Stefan Tanase. In the video, Tanase provides some general travel tips and advice to assist in protecting you, your laptop and your corporate data while you’re on the road.
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Here are some of the security musts for those of you on the road:
- Physically secure your devices – don’t lose them and don’t leave them behind, even if you know you’ll be back to get them. If you don’t need your devices with you, turn them off, keep them locked and leave them in your room.
- [isight-ad]Encryption – make sure all data is fully encrypted. This will prevent anyone else from accessing it.
- Backup – make sure the information on your machine is stored in another location (at your office, for example), because if it’s not and you lose your machine, you lose all of your information too.
- Using public machines – these machines are insecure and could be infected with viruses. Avoid using them to login to personal and business email accounts. They are alright for checking the weather or looking at local news, but not for work.
Another security issue to keep in mind that wasn’t covered in the video is the use of wireless networks. An Internet connection is a necessity on the road, but free, unsecured Wi-Fi isn’t the safest option. The Chicago Tribune article, “Free Wi-Fi Can Cost You,” by Josh Noel explains:
Jason Glassberg, co-founder of Casaba Security, a Seattle-based technology security company, said the hazards associated with public Wi-Fi networks are so numerous that he does not log on to them; he connects to the Internet through his iPhone. When he must access the Internet on a public network, he does so through a virtual private network — VPN in industry speak — that allows him to encrypt his data through a personal server back home.
An obvious security tip is to be aware of your surroundings. You never know who could be peering over your shoulder.