The growth of a globe trotting mobile workforce equipped with laptops and other devices is bringing many benefits to organizations. Businesses have become increasingly reliant on timely access to digital information even while travelling. Remote access to business information is generally facilitated through the use of portable electronic devices which can offer the traveler both communications services and access to information, even when this information is stored on internal corporate information technology infrastructure.
But travelling with IT equipment also presents considerable risks from loss or theft of equipment/data to problems with security and customs. While most large firms have policies to guard against these risks, they are often ineffectively communicated or enforced. Many smaller companies have little or no protection in place.