Best Practice digital safety tips for business travellers outlined in Riskline’s TCR

With cyber crime costing the global economy over half a trillion dollars each year, global travellers working abroad now have an invaluable new tool to help them stay updated on international technology laws, customs and Best Practice. Riskline’s Technology and Communication (TCR) Report provides access to highly detailed, country-specific information on all aspects of digital safety. These include regulations on technology availability and usage, surveillance and device searches at borders and strict laws on specific social media content.

The new report by travel risk intelligence company Riskline offers comprehensive detail on risk mitigation strategies that corporate and leisure travellers should implement before departure and on arrival. This up-to-date analysis provides effective safeguards against personal data intrusion and the theft of Intellectual Property.

Riskline’s global team of expert local intelligence analysts provide regularly updated reports based on real-time data, helping companies uphold their Duty of Care obligation to keep employees safe while travelling.

This report highlights how device searches for sensitive technology are routinely conducted by state inspectors and border officials, with drones and dedicated GPS systems often prohibited and at risk of being confiscated. Satellite phones, for example, are illegal in China and individuals who are caught risk arrest and possible prison time.

Operating sensitive equipment can be subject to more strict regulations in Tibet or the Xinjiang regions, with pervasive national surveillance of information and communication technology (ICT) ensuring state or criminal penetration of private data is certain.

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ICT laws of countries are often subject to change at short notice and the new report helps research the legality and appropriateness of individuals’ devices prior to departure to ensure they’re compliant with local practices.

Some of the Best Practices recommended are as follows:

*Develop digital safety contingency plans ahead of time to ensure uninterrupted Internet access

*Install a reliable VPN prior to arrival in the country. Numerous and easily available VPNs offered in host countries are often created and monitored by state intelligence officials

*Be aware of multiple restrictions in accessing digital services

*Avoid free wireless access routinely offered in public areas in favour of a VPN

*Equip all computers with an up-to-date and reliable anti-virus system. Hotel rooms may also be subject to surveillance and even accessed without the consent of the guest

*Devices should never be left out of sight unguarded. If left in a hotel room, safes provided should be used for secure storage. It’s also recommended to refrain from accessing or storing sensitive information in computers and other electronic devices while travelling

Emanuele Scansani, operations manager for Eurasia at Riskline, explained: “When most people think of ‘risk’ it’s perceived in terms of physical danger, but we’re all reliant on technology in our professional and personal lives. Whether it’s trade secrets or private information, technology that’s not effectively safeguarded can pose just as big a risk for criminal opportunists and state actors. This new report provides comprehensive analysis for travellers to stay safe in the digital space.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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