Hardly a week goes by these days without some kind of headline in the media about cybersecurity and data breaches, with some of the biggest names in the travel industry falling victim to cybercriminals hacking into their systems and stealing sensitive client data.
Apart from the obvious disruption, the consequences can be severe. Both British Airways and Marriott International were given huge fines (£183 million and £99 million respectively) by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK’s data security regulator, for their respective data breaches. The fines were the first to be levied by the regulator as part of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has tightened the rules on the use and protection of
As cybercriminals become ever more sophisticated in the way they try to penetrate organizations’ networks and websites, business travelers now find themselves on the front line in the battle to keep data safe. Ironically, as business travel itself unerringly moves towards becoming more ‘seamless’ and convenient, with constantly available Wi-Fi on tap to allow working on the move, the potential risks of cyber breaches become exponentially higher. The challenge is made all the greater by today’s ubiquitous ‘connected’ devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, and a plethora of other options.
Fortunately, there are simple steps that organizations and their travelers can take to substantially reduce the risks of potential cyber breaches while they are traveling. Here are some of the main risk areas for business travelers and what they can do to mitigate them: https://www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/the-atlas/cybersecurity/