The targeting of electronic devices used by personnel during overseas travel is a real and persistent threat. Electronic devices likely to be targeted include, but are not limited to, corporate and personal laptops, phones, tablets and removable media such as USB drives and SD cards. The compromise of electronic devices could impact the ongoing operation and security of an organisation’s business.
Generally, the risks associated with electronic device usage during overseas travel are:
- The compromise of electronic devices could give an adversary access to sensitive information (including user credentials). This could immediately impact the integrity, confidentiality or operational security of an organisation’s business activities.
- The compromise of electronic devices could allow an adversary to propagate into any connected networks putting additional sensitive information on such networks at risk. This could have a long-lasting impact on the integrity and confidentiality of an organisation’s business activities.
- The compromise of electronic devices belonging to personnel of enduring interest, such as an organisation’s senior personnel, could result in immediate or ongoing operational security or safety concerns for targeted personnel.