The standard process for going on a business trip, or the preparation thereof, be it to a nearby state or halfway across the world, often encompasses a lot of activities to be taken into consideration. This activities normally range from internet-based research on the weather for the day of travel, to hotel reservations and sightseeing activities for in case there's spare time. However, most people often neglect to take into account their security or the need for security services, that is, their safety either on the trip, on arrival or during their stay at the desired destination. This neglect tends to have more effect on persons on business travels, that is persons who go on trips as principal employees or representatives of corporations and organizations alike, to perform a business related activity. This is so, as a business corporation or organization can at most times be held liable if something unpleasant happens to the said employee on business travel.
To this, they are a lot of risks and dangers that presents itself, to the deterrence of one's safety on business travel, be it on the represented business corporation or on the traveller in person. This includes cyber attacks on the devices of the traveller, physical harm, information leaks, etc. As such, certain security requirements has become a necessity for one's safety on business travel. Thereto, this article leads to shed light on the top security requirements enlisted for a business trip. They include:
Thorough Investigation and Planning on Desired Destination: it is pertinent to properly do research on the country, state or wherever one is visiting before actual travel to the said location. Some locations are peaceful and relaxing while a few may be quite dangerous, hence proper information on the location is of value, and as there is the internet, access to this information is of relevant ease. The internet provides so many resources with access to the desired destination, ranging from the best hotels to security services offered, to local police information, road routes, population, travel guides, etc.
A Safe Choice Of Accommodation: To every trip, a place to lay one's head is always of importance and this is no different in business travels. To this, accommodation is especially important where it is a first-time visit to the country or state by the businessman, and as such, various steps are taken to ensure proper accommodation is gotten, most times by the business corporation itself. The internet in relation to this also provides a lot of assistance. A lot of hotels, motels, and similar accommodation rendering services put up websites and online platforms to showcase the services they render, making it easier to choose accommodation based on any preference of the traveller or business corporation, who may choose accommodation putting into consideration certain factors, like location, price range, etc. Thereto, it becomes an easy process for whoever may be in the position of selecting accommodation for business travels.
Professional Travel Security Consultancy Firms: A requirement to put in consideration for a secure business travel, is the hiring of professional travel security consultancy firms or simply put, security services of professional business escorts and bodyguards alike. This is mostly advisable for business trips into high risks areas. To this, high risks areas are countries and states that possess a high level of criminal activities, civil and economic strife and also has a high possibility of terrorist attacks. In protection against this, business corporations and organizations employ the security services of firms that specialize in travel security. This firms are able to provide information about the high risks areas and training to the employees as well as provide escorts to follow and protect the business representatives on the business travel, that is, professional bodyguards and business escorts.
It is pertinent to state that, the aforementioned requirements are quite capable of fully ensuring a secure business travel. However, it can be said that it only applies to physical risks to the employee, such as theft, physical harm, etc. This brings a particular problem, which is security against cyber attacks. As earlier stated, travel risks protected against comes in various forms and one of the most recent forms are cyber attacks on the devices of the travelling representatives. Competing businesses, hackers and all sorts of persons for a reason or the other partake in this act, mostly to acquire information on a product or aspect of business not legally available to the public, thereto trade secrets and such. For this, certain security tips are in use to protect against this. They include:
Always Use A Virtual Private Network: It should be noted that, when one uses a public network, that is, a public internet connection, as those provided for at airports and hotels, the chances of your data being intercepted and read are at a very high percentage. This often leads to leakage of username and passwords, which give access to sensitive information that may be contained in one's personal computer. However, the use of a virtual private network helps to encrypt all traffic coming and going from one's computer, even when using a public network. Furthermore, many businesses have their own corporate virtual private network for this purpose.
Only Connect To Wi-Fi Services That Require a Password: As earlier stated, public networks and open access points are highly insecure and should be used where there is no other alternative but in alliance with a virtual private network. However, the use of Wi-Fi is not entirely damning, except where the Wi-Fi lacks a WPA, that is, a password. This is because a Wi-Fi password also doubles as an encrypting method but only for the data in transit. However, it still serves as a safeguard.
Rogue Access Points: This is basically the work of hackers, in which they set up Wi-Fi hot-spots around public areas such as airports and banks, to act as Trojan horses for interception of one's data or embedding malware into one's personal computer.
Consequently, though most people make efforts in preparing for business travels, by various forms as research, thorough investigation, online reservation of hotel accommodation, procuring travel guides and more, they often do this as a basic normality, and not fully considering their own safety and security, hence the aforementioned should serve as a proper guide to properly ensuring one's security on a business trip.