The company I will be working for as a consultant has developed IP which could potentially be worth billions. The confidentiality clause in the contract has penalties for breaching the clause which are essentially open ended, a six figure penalty plus loss of earnings, loss of future business etc...
The confidential data will be stored securely in their offices, with secure remote access (I don't yet know how this will be achieved). I will be working both in their offices, in my home office, and on the road, visiting clients worldwide.
Obviously, I want to avoid any potential loss of sensitive data, and while I can insure against losses up to a certain amount, given the open ended nature of the penalty clause, any serious breach could bankrupt me. My first question relates to how I deal with this confidential data, opened and cached on my laptop, to avoid any likelihood of it being inadvertently retained on my system in an unsecured state.
Secondly, I will need to secure my laptop against any potential attack which would provide access to this confidential information while I was working with it. What would be the best way to secure my laptop, my home working environment, and to protect against an attack while on the road?