Running a business comes with challenges. In addition to the many successes a company may achieve, there are always risks at hand especially in today’s technologically connected, device-dependent world. The chances of being hacked or a security flaw happening have increased significantly for businesses of all sizes.
Here are some commonly overlooked office security threats you should be aware of.
Oftentimes when we hear about security steps to protect business, it’s related to online networks. But in addition to protecting the systems that connect to the Web, your business needs to stay on top of outdated software on devices like desktops and other technologies to keep vulnerabilities at bay. You should already be removing any computers or hardware that isn’t being used so they can’t be accessed to do anything malicious. But also printers are another example of a hardware with possible security weaknesses that many may not think about. Since many of these devices store documents and have on-board memories, they can be a hot ticket item for hackers.
Keeping your office location secure from intruders takes more than just changing the locks. There is always the chance that a disgruntled employee who either currently works at the job or did at one point, could gain access or release sensitive information. Sometimes it’s just plain human error that leads to security breaches that harm the company. Be sure that access is revoked in a timely manner and that policies are in place to monitor use and authorization for your company network.
Working over public Wi-Fi has its own set of security risks for anyone who uses the channel but for businesses whose employees must travel, accessing these networks might be inevitable. To best protect your business, be sure the devices your employees will be using are loaners from you with up-to-date security protections including strong passwords. Once devices are returned from travel be sure they are checked for any malware or other possible threats.
The worst thing any business can do is assume security risks won’t affect them. The truth is any business – large or small – is a risk today and the only way to combat threats, is to be prepared. Proper training on current threats, tips for staying safe and what to do if a security breach has occurred, are all things you might not be thinking about since you haven’t been a victim yet. But you don’t want to be left picking up the pieces afterwards. Be proactive and get secure now.
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