Are you confident with how safe your confidential data is in your office? You may not think it, but it is likely there are risks in areas you’d least expect it!
We have compiled 6 security risks in the office that will most likely take you by surprise – and how you can solve them.
Passwords: According to SplashData’s annual Worst Passwords list in 2016, ‘123456’ and ‘password’ were at the top. The 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report portrays that 63% of recognised data breaches involved weak passwords. Most companies now insist on having strong passwords. These should contain both upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. It is important that these get changed every 2 – 3 months to decrease the risk of being hacked. Have you changed yours recently?
Printers: Did you know that you should never leave printed documents in your printer? Confidential or sensitive documents can be routed in seconds to unauthorised recipients, through scan to email, scan to file and scan to cloud storage functionality. Quocirca revealed that 63% of businesses had one or more print-related data breaches.
Uninformed Employees: It is increasingly evident that cyber criminals are targeting individuals who they have come across via social media. These people create fake accounts and email addresses, and pretend to be a company employee who needs urgent information. Be aware of these emails and make sure you have a process to check all requests for sensitive data. One click and it could all be gone…
Old Computers: Though you may think you cleared all of your data off of old hard drives and it is long gone, information thieves have recovery software which can bring it all back! Make sure that these hard drives are destroyed by a third-party provider with a secure chain of custody.
Unvetted service providers: Can your third party service provider show you all the information you need? You may trust these people to handle your confidential information, however did you vet them? It is important that they follow security best practises.
Unlocked mobile Devices: According to Data Labs, a shocking 1 in 3 Android smartphones do not have a secure lockscreen password. By having the most basic level of protection you can include IT safeguards and constant monitoring and evaluation.
Protect Your Data, Protect Yourself