Industry Voice: Business travelers' risks associated with using airport Wi-Fi


Industry Voice: Business travelers' risks associated with using airport Wi-Fi

Cyber Risks in Public Wi-Fi Networks

Nowadays, businesses handle critical information on employees' personal devices, making them lucrative targets for hackers. Cyberattacks often stem from employees working outside the secure company environment, exposing them to various risks. While offices benefit from robust cybersecurity measures, working in public venues lacks such precautions.

Vulnerability in Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi, available at places like cafeterias, hotels, train stations, and airports, exposes data and devices to higher vulnerability levels. With a significant number of business travellers being 'very willing' to travel, according to the SAP Concur Global Business Travel Survey, the risk of cyberattacks increases as mobility between different hubs becomes common.

Risks Faced by Business Travellers

Business travellers face risks such as data theft, unauthorized access to work emails, password theft, and malware attacks. Tactics like 'man-in-the-middle' and 'sniffing attacks' can compromise information. The 'evil-twin attack,' where hackers create a false hotspot, is a common tactic to deceive victims and steal information.

Prioritizing Cybersecurity for Business Travellers

Companies must prioritize cybersecurity for duty of care. Employers should ensure travellers' devices have antivirus software, robust password management, and limited access privileges. Awareness among employees about risks outside the workplace is crucial, especially for senior executives who may be more attractive targets for hackers.

Identifying and Mitigating Risks

Free Wi-Fi at airports and in-flight offers advantages, but it comes with risks that can jeopardize critical business information. Identifying risky networks is essential, and using a virtual private network (VPN) when travelling can protect sensitive data.

Tips for Identifying Risky Networks

  • Networks without authentication steps are red flags.
  • Use a VPN for added protection.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning to prevent automatic connections to insecure networks.
  • Verify the official Wi-Fi network to avoid 'evil-twin attacks.'

Physical Risks at Airports

Business travellers should strengthen passwords, avoid leaving devices unattended, and turn them off during security checkpoints to reduce physical and cybersecurity risks.

Cultivating a Cyber-Safe Company Culture

Following cybersecurity recommendations and making it an integral part of the company culture reduces the likelihood of becoming a victim. This proactive approach is vital to prevent serious information loss that could impact a company's operations.

Q&A Section

Q1: How can business travellers protect their devices during airport travel?

A: Business travellers should use VPNs, turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning, strengthen passwords, and avoid leaving devices unattended.

Q2: What are the common tactics used by hackers in public Wi-Fi networks?

A: Hackers often use 'man-in-the-middle' attacks, 'sniffing attacks,' and 'evil-twin attacks' to compromise information.

Q3: How can companies cultivate a cyber-safe culture among employees?

A: Companies should prioritizecybersecurity, ensure devices have robust protection measures, and raise awareness among employees about risks outside the workplace.

Learn how business travellers can navigate the risks associated with airport Wi-Fi. Discover tips for identifying and mitigating cybersecurity threats, ensuring a safe and productive travel experience.