With cybercrime 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, strict laws on specific social media content and much more.
The new report by leading travel risk intelligence company Riskline offers comprehensive 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 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.
ICT laws of countries are often subject to change at short notice and the new report helps research the legality and appropriateness of their devices prior to departure to ensure they are compliant with local practices.
Some of the best practices recommended are:
- Develop digital safety contingency plans ahead of time to ensure uninterrupted internet access.
- Install a reliable virtual private network (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, 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 to store it. It is also recommended to refrain from accessing or storing sensitive information in computers and other electronic devices while travelling.
Emanuele Scansani, Operations Manager – Eurasia – at Riskline explains: ‘When most people think of ‘risk’, it is perceived in terms of physical danger, but we are all reliant on technology in our professional and personal lives. Whether it is trade secrets or private information, technology that is not effectively safeguarded, can pose just a big risk for criminal opportunists and state actors. This new report provides comprehensive analysis for travellers to stay safe, digitally.’
Riskline is a leading travel risk intelligence company in operation since 2007 and based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Riskline’s world-class security services are trusted by small business and Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries.
For more information, please visit www.riskline.com