Traveling while working means being able to change offices every day, enjoying exceptional landscapes during your coffee break, but also being exposed to cybersecurity risks. To leave with peace of mind, in addition to taking mosquito repellent in the suitcase, the digital nomad must ensure that his data is protected.
A new way of working
The rise of telecommuting has been a real wake-up call for professionals. In the digital sector, more and more of them are dreaming of a freer professional life, which leaves them time to blossom elsewhere than in the office.
Those who make this dream a reality are also called digital nomads. Sometimes to the end of the world, they travel with their computer under their arm, always ready to switch to video conferencing with their colleagues or clients. They are no longer necessarily self-employed, since many companies now allow their employees to “teletravel” (or telework while traveling).
The digital nomad frees himself from the traditional boundaries between professional and personal life to get away from it all while teleworking. But the change of scenery has its constraints.
Telecommuting everywhere, really ?
Away from the office, the digital nomad must avoid connecting to Wi-Fi in a completely open public place like a train station or a café. These networks have multiple security holes. These can lead to a leakage of the data contained in the computer, including those stored on the company’s network, which are often confidential. This leaves the door wide open to malicious intrusions.
The same applies to coworking spaces. Even if they seem to be more secure, connections in these places do not generally have a sufficient level of security. Moreover, the digital nomad is exposed to risks of theft or loss of equipment (hard disk, USB key…), which could seriously compromise data security.
Use reliable equipment
It’s not recommended to use personal equipment to work. Indeed, the latter has not benefited from the necessary security configurations : authentication at startup, disk encryption, management of administrator rights or connection to removable media… These controls must be carried out by the company on the professional equipment before letting the digital nomad leave, whether abroad or in his country house. Objective: protect data access.
Preserve the confidentiality of exchanges
The digital nomad maintains constant links with his company. To do this, they use videoconferencing tools for meetings, calls and file sharing. Here again, vigilance is required.
Today, most videoconference exchanges are likely to be listened to and watched. Outside the office, the risk of computer espionage is even higher. It can have serious consequences for the integrity of employees and company data.
It is therefore in the interest of companies to choose a secure video collaboration solution. The ANSSI (National Agency for Information Systems Security) assists them in their choice via a certification and qualification process. It identifies the most reliable cybersecurity solutions by awarding them a “Security Visa” label.
This is the case of Tixeo, the only European video-collaboration solution to be certified and qualified by ANSSI, which makes it the most secure solution on the market. Its end-to-end encryption technology for all multipoint exchanges (audio, video and data) eliminates all risks of industrial espionage.
3 last tips to protect your digital nomad data
1 – Don’t just use a VPN
The VPN is a secure link between the digital nomad’s equipment and the company’s network. But it does not protect against security breaches ! If the teleworker connects to a public Wi-Fi network and inadvertently lets malicious software enter his computer, the virus can infiltrate via the VPN and go up to the company’s server…
2 – Protect your computer from prying eyes
Physical protections can be useful for the digital nomad, such as screen filters or USB port locks that prevent any indiscreet look or intrusion in the system.
3 – Be careful with your own personal data
When you say digital nomad, you mean passport, plane or train tickets that are sometimes shared in the messaging system of video collaboration tools. These personal data are exposed if the exchanges are not secured, which can lead to identity theft.