«Let your employees enjoy a break without interruptions» is the advice released by security experts for the summer months.


Separate from technology, and from work , during the holidays it is not always easy . Although it would be ideal. Especially in summer vacations, in which the weather accompanies going outside and immersing yourself in the different leisure opportunities that cities offer. And nature itself.

After all, vacations are synonymous with rest. Of business. Recreational Cessation of work.

The case is that bad planning, the fear of saying no to the boss or the inability to stay out can play bad passes and turn vacations into an extension of office hours. A study by lastminute.com revealed during the last summer break that The Spaniards are among the Europeans who send more and more purely work emails while enjoying the beach or the pool . It is something that almost a fifth of the Spaniards do. Only Italians would have a worse habit.

This difficulty in establishing barriers and associating activities to different spaces is also contemplated in the dependence on the mobile phone. This device is in the top 3 essential for swimmers in Spain at this time, behind the towel and sunscreen.

This speaks loudly of the problem to disconnect . It is a sample of what it costs to separate areas and release stress. But it is that working when on vacation has other risks , which are directly associated with the security of the business.

Free Wi-Fi, shared USB sticks and poor training

A report recently made by the Censuswide research agency and presented by T-Systems , which is the cybersecurity arm of Deutsche Telekom, warns about the Vulnerability situation in which companies are located that allow their workers to perform work tasks when they are on vacation s. Why? For the bad decisions that these workers make. Because of the lack of training, basically.

For example, almost a third connect from free Wi-Fi hotspots and about 1 in 4 rely on these types of connections to work with the email and work documents. Both are data for the United Kingdom, but they highlight the lack of awareness that still exists on the protection of sensitive information. And that data is one of the most valuable assets of companies. This imprudence is also committed by senior managers, according to more general data released by Kaspersky Lab , which are hooked to public wireless networks when they are out of travel in half of the cases. It’s also something that mid-level managers do.

Performing certain tasks on public Wi-Fi is dangerous because someone malicious, with spy intentions, could intercept the traffic generated and put the company in serious trouble. It could even steal passwords that give access to crucial services. Many of wireless access points that exist are not sufficiently secure due to the lack of measures such as encryption.

Other habits little insurance that there is that fix have to do with the use of points of USB charging in places like airports and stations, which according to the research of T-Systems is a failure in the falls almost 10% of the british analyzed, or share personal devices and professional. More than 15 % connects a USB memory stick or memory cards in their computers of work that have been used at the family level. And more than 18 % download photos from your digital camera to PC work. Of all these forms can be propagated to malware. In addition, about 28 % send professional documents to your personal e-mail, which also generates security problems.

Source-Shutterstock_Autor-Dudarev Mikhail_verano-laptop-computer-vacation“Our research shows that a third of employees are using free wifi in places such as airports, hotels, coffee shops and bars, despite the fact that they are insecure and are open to the interception of communication on the part of cybercriminals. Board of this with the widespread practice of employees to send documents by email to your private email on their own devices, where safety is always more low, and you will open your organization up to potential attacks”, sums up Scott Cairns, head of cyber security at T-Systems.

“Our message to the companies for the holiday season is the ‘let your employees enjoy a break without interruptions’. Desaconséjales are strongly advised to wear work holidays, and make sure that employees do not feel pressured to work when they should be taking a break”, indicates Cairns. The time in June, July or August spend “away from our hectic working life should be cherished, not damaged by the expectation that they will respond to emails and work requests”, » insists this expert. And is that “leaving aside the impact on our families, this practice also creates a cyber threat real for the organizations”.

For ensure work on the remote would have to deliver to the employees devices exclusive for these tasks, and protect the access, do you opt for virtual private networks and pulling data more than wifi in case of emergency. The protection is complete with other measures, such as the update of the software, the use of programs and malware or the realization of backups. And with training, lot of training.

When there is no more remedy that to connect

sometimes flee the office environment is impossible. So, what happens if, or yes, a worker has to resolve an employment issue in the middle of a vacation?

“Where this is unavoidable, businesses should make sure that there is training and clear guidelines to follow”, resolves to Scott Cairns. “This training is particularly important because our research shows that many employees are not well informed about the multitude of ways in which their devices can be infected with viruses and malware… and those who thought they were ‘very knowledgeable’ often gave the wrong answer when asked!”.

“The employees can be a scapegoat, easy to the poor practice of cyber-security corporate however many do not receive training suitable for the part of your employer”, he insists Cairns. There are people who don’t even has received education on computer security topics. Never.

“Train your employees regularly in effective practices of cyber security is probably the most effective”, concludes the responsible for cyber security of T-Systems at the time of looking for ways in which organizations can “dramatically reduce their risk of viruses, malware and other common forms of cyber crime”.