10 Cyber Security Travel Tips to Protect Your Devices & Data

10 Cyber Security Travel Tips to Protect Your Devices & Data

Cyber Security Travel Tips for Business & Leisure

The holiday season is fast approaching, but hackers don’t take vacations. Whether you’re planning to go home for the holidays or travel for business on a regular basis, make sure to protect yourself from cyber crime with these cyber security travel tips.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #1: Update Your OS & Software

Before you leave, make sure your operating systems and software are up-to-date.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #2: Take Only What You Need

Do you really need to pack 15 different electronic devices? The more devices you take, the more you’ll have to keep safe from hacking, theft, or accidents.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #3: Lock Down Your Devices

Make sure that all the devices you are taking are protected with strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, or a biometric lock, and disable any file-sharing capabilities. Avoid taking devices that contain sensitive data. If you are a business traveler, ask your organization about lending you a disposable phone or laptop for use while traveling. If you cannot avoid traveling with a device that contains sensitive data, consider encrypting it using encryption software.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #4: Beware of Public WiFi

Many airports, hotels, and restaurants offer free, unsecured public WiFi, which poses a multitude of cyber security risks. Avoid using these networks; tethering to your phone is a much safer option. If you absolutely must connect to a public WiFi network, follow these best practices from Continuum GRC.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #5: Don’t Leave Devices Unattended

Lock up any devices left in hotel rooms, and never leave your devices unattended in public areas, not even for a moment. For example, never set your phone down on a counter while you reach into your purse or wallet. When using your devices in public areas – especially crowded ones – conceal your devices as much as possible. Keep them tucked inside interior pockets or hidden inside zippered bags, and make sure those bags never leave your possession.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #6: Don’t Share Your Location on Social Media

Many social media sites have an option to “check in” to your current locale so that your followers can track you on your trip. The dark side is that hackers can also track your movements and use them to their advantage; for example, breaking into your home, office, or hotel room when they know you’re not there.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #7: Don’t Share Your Phone

You may be approached by strangers with sob stories about losing their phone (or having it stolen) and needing to borrow yours to call for help. Never let strangers “borrow” your phone or any other device. It takes only a few moments for a skilled cyber criminal to use the occasion to install malware – or to simply run away and disappear into a crowd.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #8: Don’t Use Bluetooth

Many rental cars allow travelers to connect their smartphones using Bluetooth. However, some vehicles store your personal information, such as your contact list, even after you’ve terminated the connection. Enabling Bluetooth connectivity also leaves your device vulnerable to hackers. Turn off Bluetooth before you leave for your trip, and don’t turn it back on until you get home.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #9: Turn Off Network Auto-Connect

Many cell phones include a feature that enables them to automatically connect to available WiFi networks. Turn this feature off, not only when you travel but permanently. Telling your phone to automatically connect to any available network leaves you vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.

Cyber Security Travel Tip #10: Use Credit Cards, Not Debit Cards

Always use a credit card, not a debit card, when paying for hotel rooms or meals or making any other purchases on the road. Point-of-sale systems are major targets for hackers, and if your credit card data is stolen, you have far more recourse to get fraudulent charges refunded than you do with a debit card. This also prevents hackers from getting access to your bank account.

The cyber security experts at Lazarus Alliance have deep knowledge of the cyber security field, are continually monitoring the latest information security threats, and are committed to protecting organizations of all sizes from security breaches. Our full-service risk assessment services and Continuum GRC RegTech software will help protect your organization from data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber threats.

Lazarus Alliance is proactive cyber security®. Call 1-888-896-7580 to discuss your organization’s cyber security needs and find out how we can help your organization adhere to cyber security regulations, maintain compliance, and secure your systems.


The Cybervisors Are Here Vigorously Addressing Global One Million Cyber Security Job Shortage

A recent report revealed that “More than 209,000 cyber security job postings in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years.”

Lazarus Alliance Cybervisor’s are the front line for the global business community bridging this critical cyber security job talent shortage.

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Steve Morgan, a professional acquaintance who writes about cyber security for Forbes published One Million Cyber security Job Openings In 2016 and revealed some jaw-dropping statistics concerning the growing deficit in hiring qualified cyber security employees. To make matters worse, this chasm is exacerbated by the explosion of corporate breaches impacting and even decimating businesses in financials, education, business, government and especially healthcare.

A recent report revealed that “More than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press (a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program) 2015 analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” It is pretty clear that while there currently is not enough talent to go around; this is only getting exponentially worse.

Another report included “A report from Cisco puts the global figure at one million cyber security job openings. The demand for the (cybersecurity) workforce is expected to rise to 6 million (globally) by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million” stated Michael Brown, CEO at Symantec, the world’s largest security software vendor.” This only turns up the anxiety level on companies who are scrambling to avoid being the “breach du jour”.

Compounding matters are that there is a significant increase in regulatory and compliance requirements across all industries. Every compliance framework out there went through major overhauls in 2015. In some cases as is the case for the SSAE 16; doubled in complexity. The situation just got more expensive and complex.

The only clear answers for businesses who want to remain viable in the global cyber threatscape come in the form of increased efficiencies and leveraged resources. Two of the best solutions that have emerged to address these challenges are:

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Retaining the help from dedicated and verifiable cyber security experts costs less than the expense of hiring just one (1) cyber security employee. And yes, that was a plural not singular expert. With professional Cybervisor services companies get the expertise of many seasoned experts who collaborate and stand together to support their clients.



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The Citadel Breached – The Cyber Security Act of 2015

Lazarus Alliance unveils the next generation of cyber-crime prevention for organizations with NIST and SEC, NFA compliance requirements in concert with the Cyber Security Act of 2015.

Lazarus Alliance released the next generation antidote to fight cyber crime, compliance failures, corporate fraud and criminal cyber-misconduct with the IT Audit Machine (ITAM).

Lazarus Alliance unveils the next generation of cyber-crime prevention for organizations with NIST and SEC, NFA compliance requirements in concert with the Cyber Security Act of 2015.

Considered to be the best assessment tool for governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in the global business community, this next generation of ITAM ups the ante by managing big data and frameworks with virtually endless possibilities. These new enterprise capabilities coupled with the already powerful analytic and logic features are a technological force to be reckoned with.

Congress & President Obama recently enacted a cybersecurity piece of legislation known as the “Cybersecurity Act of 2015” which is designed to ensure that public companies “provide a basic amount of information about the degree to which a firm is protecting the economic and financial interests of the firm from cyber-attacks” using guidance from the SEC, NFA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Michael Peters, CEO of Lazarus Alliance said “The IT Audit Machine NIST and SEC, NFA compliance assessment modules are just one of the many innovations from Lazarus Alliance that really sets us apart from other cyberspace Security, governance, risk and compliance firms.”

Gone are the days where audits, assessments and compliance work was overshadowed by endless spreadsheets, version control madness, escalating costs and audit anarchy. The IT Audit Machine puts the power of technology, collaboration and simplicity to work for the entire enterprise and does it in a progressive, proactive way.

Cyber-crime prevention is of paramount concern to organizations of all sizes, all industries and on all parts of the world. Lazarus Alliance put its extensive experience in cybercrime and fraud prevention in the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) spaces to work for the global business community.

“Service providers globally are under increasing attack by cyber criminals. These criminal acts could have been prevented through a proactive cyber security position. Lazarus Alliance is proactive cyber security with our NIST compliance and assessment automation modules.” said Peters.

Lazarus Alliance’s primary purpose is to help organizations attain, maintain, and demonstrate compliance and information security excellence, in any jurisdiction. Lazarus Alliance specializes in IT security, risk, privacy, governance, cyberspace law and compliance leadership solutions and is fully dedicated to global success in these disciplines.

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