More than ever, businesses are assessing their vulnerabilities in order to mitigate future breaches and cyber attacks. As we’ve seen from recent incidents, cyber attacks can have a devastating impact on both reputation and customer trust. However, as a recent survey has shown, the greatest threat to your business may be lurking within.
The vast majority (97%) of employees have access to some form of sensitive or confidential information, and 1 in 3 employees said they would access, download, share, delete or alter company information after leaving a job. While insider risks aren’t new, they rarely receive the attention they deserve.
Security concerns for businesses now encompass threats ranging from sophisticated Ransomware taking over a user’s computer, to employees going rogue with sensitive information. While risk management can be a very long process and results may not appear for months or years, it can yield tangible results in keeping the business safe in the long run. So how can businesses streamline employee productivity and also improve their data protection, all without breaking the bank? Here are a few tools to help achieve this:
- Passwords don’t cause breaches. Employees with bad password practices cause breaches
- Deploy a cloud file sharing service that’s easy to use
Millennials, for example, are now the largest generation in the workforce, and 28% of Millennials admitted to saving files to personal cloud storage. That’s because these services make uploading and sharing files absolutely simple.
Therefore, when selecting a file sharing service, pick a business-grade product that’s intuitive and reliable. When you find one that’s easy, start off small with a limited number of users and once the service has been positively received, you can easily scale it up since it’s cloud-based.
Don’t be a dictator. Forcing something on users that they don’t want will just waste time and money.
- If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em: Select a file sharing service that also offers backup
- Ease your email managing woes with archiving fit for Indiana Jones
Companies need to approach security as though they are going to suffer a breach or cyber attack in the next 6 months. While it’s important to have a plan in place, that’s just not enough. By investing in the inexpensive tools outlined above, you can severely mitigate your risk and keep your business safe in the long run – all without tanking your IT budget.
By Richard Walters, General Manager and Vice President of Identity and Access Management (IAM), Intermedia