Humans often make the weakest link in data protection. While employees can be the greatest assets for a company, they may also be one of the biggest threats to business data protection.
Employee negligence can put an organisation at risk, especially given that more than half of employees carry sensitive business data on their laptops, smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.
Over the past two years, more than 78% of organisations have suffered from at least one data breach. However, out of those figures, less than 8% cited external attacks as the main reason for a data breach.
Despite the growing concern with cybercrime, for data protection to be effective, it requires not only the time and effort on the part of the employees, but companies need to do their share as well.
Hence, here are among the riskiest employee habits which may be prove to be disastrous if not taken under control.
1) Carrying unnecessary sensitive information on devices when travelling. Although mobility and accessibility are important for enhancing work productivity, but did you know that the loss of laptops or other mobile devices account for the top three causes of data breaches?
2) Using their own personal mobile devices to access the organisational network.
3) Not using privacy screens when remotely working on confidential company documents in open places.
4) Failing to notify their organisation after losing USB drives or hard drives containing confidential data out of fear. Employees prefer not to report mobile data-bearing device losses.
5) Remote workers or digital nomad style workers have a habit of leaving computers unattended when outside the workplace, especially when working from cafes or airports.
6) Using generic USB drives to store confidential information that is not properly encrypted.
7) Using the same username and password for different websites and online accounts. What is worse is when the employee writes them down or leaves them openly displayed in the office.
8) A common practice many companies have is to share one password and one log-in with all employees, especially ones who do not consider themselves to be that large to bother with multiple log-ins. This is dangerous because it is giving one key to be shared by many.
9) Failing to delete unnecessary but confidential information from computers.
10) Accessing the internet via unsecured wireless networks, especially when working remotely. When browsing over public Wifi, always stay connected to a VPN such as BolehVPN to ensure communications are encrypted.
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