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Business travellers putting company data at risk, says Regus

With many employees now using public transport to catch up on work, nearly seven in ten respondents in the research 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 over half of respondents. Only one fifth felt that their smartphone posed a risk.

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, using our new generation of drop-in workspaces at transport or retail hubs which offer a more secure environment, not to mention more productive.’ 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.