Travelling for work and working from home are different things and should be treated appropriately when measuring risk and protecting corporate data. According to a new study by Cloud security firm Bitglass, 25.3% of data breaches in recent years within the US financial sector were due to lost or stolen devices. To develop a Safe Corporate Travel policy, there are some points you should consider:

Before you travel, encrypt your device or sensitive files, change passwords to stronger ones. Before passing through customs, reboot your iOS device but don’t enter your PIN, disabling TouchID.

Ensure software, firmware and antivirus definitions are up-to-date.

Have IT set up a VPN on your mobile devices, and exclusively use a VPN to access public Wi-Fi.

Set your devices up to always ask permission to connect to any Wi-Fi access point, pre-download any media or files that you need to access while on the airplane and avoid using the airline/airport Wi-Fi, disable Bluetooth and put your phone or tablet in airplane mode where possible.
Research international destinations with regard to threat to intellectual property or level of corruption, charge your devices at an electrical outlet, not a public USB charging station, avoid using computers in a business lounge, or any shared public computer and be aware of “Shoulder Surfers” who would look at your laptop or tablet screen which may expose personal or confidential data.

Keep your devices with you at all times, never leave them exposed in your room, don’t avoid making use of the hotel room safe and use laptop shoulder straps to prevent theft during a fleeting moment of distraction.

If this all seems a bit tin-foil hat ask yourself: Is our corporate data ever at a higher risk of being exposed and if not develop a Safe Corporate Travel policy around it. Simples!