As a business traveller, what are you most concerned about during your travels? CWT, the global travel management company, may have just the answer.
According to a research the company commissioned, only 35% of global business travellers feel very confident about not compromising their comployer's data safety when travelling. Travellers from the Americas are also significantly more confident (46%) than their Asia Pacific (28%) and Europe (27%) counterparts.
"These results show there is still a lot to do around educating travellers on how to look after their company's data," commented Andrew Jordan, CWT's executive vice president & chief technology officer. "For instance, connectivity in public spaces can put company data at risk. Awareness and training are key to protecting against any possible security breaches."
The research also found that, when travelling, the three situations in which respondents were most concerned about exposing sensitive company data were having their laptops or other mobile devices stolen or lost (29%), using public Wi-Fi (21%) and working on their laptop or other mobile devices (9%). A somewhat concerning number is the fact that 37% of business travellers admitted to downloading unknown files from unrecognised senders - and the same percentage opened a phishing email.
It is not all doom and gloom, however. According to the same research, most business travellers took action the moment they became aware of security breach. Most claimed to have immediately shut down (37%) their devices, 25% reported it to their company, and 34% notified their company's IT department.
"These percentages can surely improve dramatically with better training on data safety," said Jordan.