Increasingly, company leaders no longer operate solely within the confines of the regular 9-5. They may have an office-based Skype meeting scheduled at 10pm with a valuable client in a different time zone. For CEOs, a successful business typically requires frequent out of hours working, often alone, and a preparedness to travel beyond their city and country of domicile.
With such travel comes a particular type of vulnerability, as high profile business leaders and their clients make tracks across the country and globe to collaborate, share ideas, negotiate deals and develop their professional networks. The last thing that should be on any CEOs mind is their personal safety and the security of the data rich devices they are carrying. However, the very thing that powers an individual’s high degree of freedom to operate within a global village — the internet — also allows almost anyone to find out who anyone else is and where they are at a given time.
High net worth individuals can no longer rely on the measures they alone take to protect their privacy and to protect the confidential data stored or accessible from their portable devices, such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets. As human beings, we like to assume that other people live their lives according to the good moral codes that we ourselves uphold. However, this is not always the case. The online platforms that facilitate productive global networking and business transactions can just as easily be utilized for criminal purposes. The very nature of the internet means that it is impossible to always fully control the type of information made available about a person. Innocent photographs or comments on social media can reveal a lot about where a CEO is and by the same token where he/she is not.