Holland's intelligence services are issuing a special "how to avoid
spies" pamphlet for government officials, politicians and business leaders
who travel outside the country. The pamphlet, titled (in English) "Spying
risks when travelling abroad" gives some of the same advice corporations
are providing to their key people. Things like don't discuss sensitive material
in a public place, especially an airplane or train. Be careful with people who
strike up a conversation with you. Skilled spies can "interrogate"
you without your realizing it. There are also warnings about carrying around
classified documents when you don't have to. That's old news that needs
problem is sensitive date stored on cell phones, thumb drives (USB devices with
flash memory) and laptops. In many
organizations, users are allowed to put whatever they want on their cell phones
and laptops. Otherwise, when these items get stolen (sometimes on purpose),
there is much grief and recrimination. Nearly half of senior government and
corporate officials now use "smart phones," (like the iPhone), which
are basically cell phones with laptop computer capabilities. In other words,
you can store lots of data on a smart phone, and these devices are easy to
misplace, or be stolen. While encryption is available on thumb drives and lap
tops, it is slower to come to smart phones. It's available, it's just more
difficult to implement, and get users to cooperate.
will serve as a good list of things many people will continue to do. Getting
users of sensitive information to change their data security habits has never
been easy, and never will be.