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Use This Test to Calculate Your Employees’ Risk Levels

b2ap3_thumbnail_risk_for_employers_400.jpgWhen it comes to your business’s data security, there can be no room for error. October is Cyber Security Month, so there’s no better time to ensure that your business is taking all of the proper precautions to maximize security protocol. However, there’s an often-forgotten aspect of cybersecurity called employee risk management, and it’s more complex than you might think.

While it would be beneficial for you if we explained every aspect of employee risk management to you, there’s simply not enough room in a blog post to do so. Instead, we want to direct your attention to a great online tool brought to you by StaySafeOnline.org. It’s a quiz that helps your employees understand why and how they are putting their organization at risk by asking them questions about device usage, data sharing practices, and other security best practices.

Inside, you’ll find a comprehensive employee security quiz that helps enlighten employees of how they’re putting their organization at risk, as well as why their behavior could be adversely affecting the organization’s ability to stay secure. After answering a question, the calculator will automatically adjust to show you your risk score.

What the quiz doesn’t do, however, is explain ways that you can resolve the problems that lie at the heart of the employee’s risk score. For example, if you notice that there’s a significant amount of risk revolving around your organization's data on mobile devices, you can integrate a mobile device management solution that’s designed to limit access to mission-critical data.

In another example, if you feel your employees aren’t savvy about your IT security policies, provide refresher courses to help them better understand your business’s security goals. Granted, this quiz focuses primarily on user error and the repercussions of allowing data to leak out of your organization’s infrastructure through various means. Employees should always be conscious of what information they give to any external party, and should be especially careful when moving data outside of the office, even on company approved devices.

White Mountain IT Services can help your business fully understand the current state of your network security infrastructure by performing a comprehensive network audit. We can check for weak points in your systems, including outdated technologies that require patching or software updates, as well as recommend a quality Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution that can largely mitigate a number of threats that could target your network. However, the primary issue at hand is data leakage for many organizations. We can help with this, too, by educating your end-users on the best practices of the industry and how they can best protect themselves and your organization from suspicious online activity. Give us a call at 603-889-0800 to learn more.

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