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Business travellers putting company data at risk

Business travellers and mobile workers are putting business privacy at risk when out of the office, according to the latest research by Regus.

Although increasing numbers of people try to catch up on work while on public transport, nearly 70% of respondents pinpointed trains as the number one danger zone for exposing sensitive information.

Cafés (cited by 56%) and hotel bars and lounges (55%) were also identified as high-risk hot spots, followed by aeroplanes (30%).

When asked exactly how confidential information was likely to be exposed, three-quarters of respondents reported that people overhearing mobile phone conversations was the most likely scenario.

Confidential printed documents in peoples’ hands or laps, as well as open laptops were also identified as easy targets for snoopers by more than half of respondents. Only a fifth felt that their smartphone posed a risk.

Commenting on the findings, Steve Purdy, UK managing director at Regus said:  “Privacy remains a huge concern for workers on their daily commute, and also for the thousands of mobile workers who call into cafés during their working day.

“Increasingly, they are seeking a professional alternative to working in public places.”

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Comments

  • Bianca Castafiore - 29/10/2014 11:24

    This article is nothing more than a reworked advert for Regus! What are people expected to do - drive 20 miles out of their way to pay for the use of a desk for 20 minutes? Good luck to Regus, but it isn't an article that is going to tell readers anything that they don't already know about data security, and there is a bit of a giveaway in the term 'laptop' which is perfectly adequate for many people.

    • Marc - 29/10/2014 13:43

      @Bianca Castafiore - I hadn't scanned down to your comment until I had read the article and your viewed mirrored mine almost to the letter. This is no different to the Daily Mail headlines where the reference is 'people are changing banks to XYZ bank' and the survey is by XYZ bank!

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