Digital Security Tips for Business Travel – A Tech With Heart Interview with Vaclav Vincalek

Feb 20, 2024Business Growth, Computers, News, Small Business, tech with heart, Technology for Business

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Understanding Technological Risks:

Protecting yourself and your business’s technology from cyber incidents while traveling is paramount. Learn many tips from fractional CTO, Vaclav Vincalek, as he shares national and international traveling security tips on the Tech With Heart Show.

The importance of addressing technological risks, including third-party risks, operational risks, compliance risks, and cyber threats is underscored. With businesses increasingly dependent on external entities and facing internal operational challenges, managing these risks effectively is paramount to ensure business continuity and safeguard against potential cyber incidents.

The Tech With Heart Foundation simplifies technology concepts for small business owners, so they can be competitive in a rapidly changing digital era. In this episode of the Tech With Heart Show, Media and Technology Strategist, Michelle Calloway interviews fractional CTO, Vaclav Vincalek, who shares several key insights to help protect your business’s technology while traveling.

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In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • How to protect your technology while accessing third-party internet providers
  • Learn how to protect your technology during international security checkpoints
  • Learn how to handle system updates while traveling internationally

Key Tips for Secure Business Travel:

Use Mobile Router When Accessing Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are ubiquitous but notoriously unsecure. Vincalek advises against connecting to these networks directly, and recommends using a personal travel router to create a secure network wherever you go. This proactive measure helps protect sensitive data from potential hackers lurking on public networks

Be Cautious with USB Ports:

While charging devices via USB ports may seem convenient, it can expose your devices to malware or hacking attempts. Vincalek suggests using an international travel adapter with built-in USB ports to maintain control over device connections and mitigate risks associated with untrusted ports.

Stay Vigilant at Security Checkpoints:

During security checks, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your devices to prevent unauthorized access or tampering. Vincalek advises maintaining direct eye contact with your equipment as it undergoes screening to minimize the risk of compromise.

Secure Your Mobile Phones:

Traveling internationally may subject your mobile devices to additional risks, including unauthorized updates or patches. Vincalek recommends keeping your devices updated before traveling and disabling automatic updates to review and understand them beforehand, reducing the chances of unintentional exposure to potential risks.

“Keep your technology simple, and DO NOT click on anything that you do not understand, or identify as safe.” – Vaclav Vincalek

Simplify Your Technology:

Complex technological systems can increase the surface area for potential attacks. Vincalek emphasizes the importance of standardizing hardware and software within your organization to simplify maintenance and minimize vulnerabilities, allowing you to focus more on your business objectives.

Traveling for business presents unique challenges, especially concerning technology security. By implementing proactive measures such as using personal travel routers, exercising caution with USB ports, staying vigilant at security checkpoints, securing mobile devices, and simplifying technology infrastructure, you can mitigate risks and ensure a safe and productive trip. Remember to seek guidance from experts like Vaslav Vincalek to stay informed and protected while on the move.

About Guest Vaclav Vincalek

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Vaclav Vincalek has 30 years of experience building successful tech companies and running a trusted consultancy called 555vCTO, helping small businesses utilize the correct technologies to position them for growth and financial success. He is able to position himself as a Virtual CTO (or Fractional CTO, as it is sometimes called) for your business, so you can focus on leading your company’s growth.

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