As technology continues to evolve so does the need for more innovative and effective data security solutions. While this type of security is typically focused on issues such as malware, phishing schemes, firewall breaches, or other digital threats, there are a number of low tech security concerns that have the potential to cause even more damage to your business that should be addressed.
Data loss, and unauthorized access of data are the two main considerations with regards to data security, and both can be more readily prevented with off-site backup solutions, and physical precautionary techniques. When you consider that more than 25 percent of employees today use their personal devices to access sensitive work data, it adds another layer of vulnerability to your company security.
Here is a list of potential low-tech security threats to watch out for, and some methods you can use to defend your organization against them.
Thieves use a number of avenues to gain access to information, including flash drives, file transfers, email, or portable hard drives. Implementing a data leakage prevention system and limiting USB access can significantly reduce the risks.
Prevent theft by restricting physical access to unauthorized employees or visitors, using technology such as employee keycards.
As an integral part of your existing network, unsecured multifunction printers (MFPs) can provide easy access for hackers or physical access to internal hard drives. Unclaimed documents left behind on the glass or output tray are vulnerable to theft.
Sensitive information left on desks, in common areas, or in unlocked file drawers is at risk for theft, copying, or being photographed by a mobile device.
Care should be taken when backups are performed, to ensure external hard drives or other media are securely stored and encrypted, whether onsite or offsite.
Policies should be enacted and enforced requiring employees to password protect desktop and portable devices, and to ensure all computer screens are closed and locked before walking away from any device.
While it is imperative to protect your company data from well-known threats such as hacking or malware, it is equally important to implement measures against more low tech security threats, such as those listed above. Contact us today for more information.