Four Data Security Mistakes Your Organization Is Probably Making Right Now

Did you know the foremost threat to the cyber security of your organisation is not actually from criminals or terrorists – although this is a major part of it – but actually from your own employees?

Even in 2018, most things are still determined by human beings. And human beings are well, only human. This means that sometimes, things go wrong.  From the chaos at terminal 5 in Heathrow, to the meltdown over the rail network summer timetable changes, people continue to mess up at work, sometimes with catastrophic results.

We have compiled a list of the four worst mistakes that people can make at work, with their companies’ cyber security.

  • POOR PASSWORD SECURITY

2019 might be around the corner, but unfortunately your workplace is probably still staffed by geniuses using ‘password’ and ‘123456’ as their security passwords.

Guessable and obvious passwords are a danger to your security. To ensure your business is not at risk, strengthen your systems to demand stronger passwords and that they are changed regularly.

Also, never allow employees to share passwords.

  • BAD USER HYGIENE

Just as we have washing our hands after using the loo drummed into us from childhood, many experts believe we should be educating our workforce in good computer hygiene habits.

This means raising the awareness of viruses and malicious software, which can affect computers and therefore compromise the entire security of the company.

Risks can be minimised by relatively simple steps, such as not clicking on links in emails, not using unlicensed software and the usage of suspicious USB devices.

  • LOW DANGER AWARENESS

The chances are, your staff are blissfully unaware of the risks passing them by, as they sit at their work station. They are like a driver of a car doing ninety in a built-up area, with dodgy brakes and no seatbelt.

One easily rectified area of potential cyber security neglect are updates.

Quite often, employees may be in the habit of ignoring or hiding updates from their systems – possibly because they are a nuisance, or they take too long.

But neglecting updates can lead to glitches occurring, fixable problems unfolding and more worryingly, the chance of cyber-attack opening up.

Updates are there for a reason – so use them!

  • BREACHES OF CONFIDENTIALITY

Often, data is leaked via a carelessly sent email.

Care must be taken by employees to only send information to the intended recipient.

Complacency is a prime cause for errors involving data leakage. It is important to get your staff into good habits when composing and addressing emails.

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