Be Mindful of Your Internal IT Security
With all the threats covered in mass media nowadays, it can be too simple to get the mistaken impression that the biggest threats to your business are all external. We’re telling you right now that plenty of vulnerabilities first come from inside your business, both creating significant dangers independently and simplifying the job for external threats as well. Let’s go over a few of the dangers that could originate from inside your business itself.
Look, we get it—you picked the people who work for your business, so one of them turning out to be a dud or a detriment is (in a very small way) a slight to you. However, this is no reason to discount the reality that you may have misjudged how much you could trust a team member. One way to help avoid issues without feeling excessively distrustful of your team members is to implement access control and other role-based restrictions. Doing so not only protects your data but can help boost your productivity by keeping your team members from exploring file systems they have no need of.
Physical Access Control Measures
Of course, your access controls should extend into your physical space as well, as the physical devices can easily open your IT to additional fraud. Unattended technology needs to be locked down and protected so it doesn’t contribute more to your vulnerabilities… particularly so that potential threats can’t be carried out on a coworker’s workstation.
Modern businesses rely on multiple applications to function productively. Unfortunately, many of these applications (particularly those used by one of your cloud providers or that were developed by a third party) may be lacking in their security protocols. To avoid data compromise, it is important to be discerning while picking the tools to use in your business.
Human Error and Lacking Oversight
Finally, we’ve reached the most prevalent, and severe, cause of data loss: the simple mistake.
Human beings are inherently prone to accidents, and some of these accidents are bound to materialize in the workplace. Unfortunately, this can often lead to some of the most severe issues you’ll face and leave you open to threats. These threats—and some errors in and of themselves—can in turn lead to true disasters.
While not all such errors can be mitigated, many can be through simple diligence, which itself will take awareness. Make sure you’re communicating to your team how important processes are to follow.
By combining the right solutions with the awareness needed to protect your infrastructure, securing your business is a more realistic goal to reach. White Mountain IT Services can help you with both. Give us a call at 603-889-0800 to find out how we can help your business with its specific challenges.