4 Current Business Security Threats That Never Existed Before
The need of protecting a business from security threats has greatly increased over the past few years and it’s not just physical threats (unauthorized entry into the building, bypassing business security alarm, etc.), there has been a great increase in data security threats as well. Data security of a business is just as important as physical security and in some cases, it is even more critical because the consequences of a data breach are severe. Long gone are the days when all that businesses had to worry about were malware and viruses.
Following are 4 current business security threats that you should be concerned about:
1. Employees Security Threats
Careless and disgruntled employees can wreak havoc on your business’ network. According to a survey by Heimdal Security, 59% of business employees steal proprietary data when they leave the firm. It is a serious security threat that businesses should be concerned about. Some specific protections and procedures must be set in place in order to prevent this from happening.
It is recommended that you create an offboarding checklist for employees that have left the company. Block USB ports and limit access to files so that no employee could steal company data. Blocking inappropriate websites and monitoring employee activity are also recommended.
2. Lack of Authentication
Although most businesses encourage their employees to use passwords to gain access to important data, they don’t encourage them to change the passwords from time to time. It is a good practice to change passwords every couple of months or so to reduce the threat of data breach. It is also recommended that you implement multi-factor authentication in your business so that additional information is required to gain entry. You should ask your cybersecurity solution provider to implement multi-factor authentication in your company.
3. Unpatched Computers
Hackers specifically target vulnerabilities in computers. Any loopholes found in company computers should be patched immediately. Otherwise, there is a huge risk of hackers infiltrating your business’ network through the different software vulnerabilities. It is recommended that you stay up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats, request a monthly report from your IT provider, and update and patch your computers.
4. Personal Devices
Another security threat which is common nowadays is that the personal devices of employees are not set up to protect sensitive company information. Most Androids and iPhones have consumer-grade protection. It is recommended that you disallow your employees to use personal devices for work. Encrypting the personal devices of employees would be best if a company can afford it.
In an era where cybercrime is a real threat and the data is the real money, businesses should adapt to innovative security measures because the cost of data breaches is much higher than the cost of implementing security measures. A little smart work and precaution can help you protect millions. Keeping a watchful eye on the newer physical and data security threats and implementing countermeasures will surely help you stay in business and rise to the top.
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