I have seen policies that suggest overseas travel is especially risky when it comes to protecting your intellectual property. I'm confused about the factors that increase the risk compared to home.
How well does the following list describe the problems of international travel?
Technical risk factors:
- Laptop manipulated when he goes through the TSA?
- bad girl attack in hotels
- be forced to enter encryption keys on the edge
- Spoofing attacks / man-in-the-middle / bad connections
Societal / structural / human risk factors:
- More motivated attackers depending on countries visited
What do I miss?
It seems that you can deal with 2nd by always staying with your laptop (except TSA) and 4th with a VPN. And while you can not prevent 3rd, you would surely know that you have given up the key. As for 1st, is that really a concern? (I wonder, because it's the only time you need to keep your laptop out of sight.)
I hope for feedback on whether the above thinking is sound and what is missing from the list.
As for 5th, there are one or two countries that are normally mentioned, but how about elsewhere? Are there differences between countries in particular for Western Europe? I've seen a former US official exposing certain countries in Western Europe as more risky, but is it just an exaggeration or is there a noticeable difference to be respected?