Road warriors are prime targets for hackers

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Many executives—particularly senior business leaders—frequently travel worldwide as part of their jobs. Hackers and cyber criminals know this, and that adds a risk factor that companies should not ignore.

“Adversaries in the form of businesses, governments and criminals target traveling business executives for the same two reasons they always have: the actual person, and information the executive has,” says Jim Jones, an associate professor in the Computer Forensics program within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at George Mason University.

“While physical risks have remained relatively constant, the information risks have grown exponentially,” Jones says. “Information risk used to be limited to what the executive could carry in paper form. Now, not only might the executive be carrying a library's worth of sensitive data on a collection of digital devices, but that data can be copied quickly, quietly and without the executive relinquishing possession.”

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