Most Data Security Threats Come Directly From Your Employees
When it comes to new IT systems, It services, and IT security systems many business owners are largely unaware of the true threat. While nearly all companies express concern about third-party attacks, the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of security threats originate internally. Here are a few of the best ways to manage and eradicate internal security threats:
Don’t Assume Employees Know What They’re Doing
Training is a valuable resource, and it should not be taken lightly. Although we are living in the digital age, many people still do not know the ins and outs of Internet security — and that can be a big problem. Case in point: In 2013, nearly half (43%) of companies experienced a data breach, with the leaking of sensitive or private information accounting for 55% of these breaches. Chances are many of these breaches could have been prevented with comprehensive employee training. Train employees to identify suspicious emails and attachments. Remind employees not to share passwords under any circumstances, and adopt a strict policy about any confidential information — and stick to it! Finally, if employees are using mobile devices and laptops to access company data, establish a policy about reporting missing items, if and when it happens. (Americans misplace about 12,000 in airports every week, which can and does inevitably lead to some data theft or data loss.)
Put An End To Suspicious Activity
People will generally keep doing something if they continue to get away with it. Discuss what constitutes suspicious activity at your firm. When it comes to data systems, let employees know where they should and shouldn’t be. Use software to monitor activity and pull random usage reports. If employees exhibit any strange usage or behaviors, talk to them ASAP.
Internal threats should be your biggest concern. Address them by thoroughly training and informing current employees, and monitoring IT systems for any suspicious activity. Continue your research here.