Too often, we only focus on the threat posed by external hackers and cybercriminals. Employees, however, can pose just as much of a risk to your company’s Internet security. If employees are not using the proper practices or lack education, your business’s wellbeing could be in danger. Stop security breaches before they happen by identifying these habits of your riskiest employees:
They Use Insecure Passwords
An insecure password is not just “password123” anymore. In order for it to be considered strong, we recommend choosing one that is 8-20 characters in length and includes a mix of lowercase and uppercase letters, symbols and numbers. Although it may seem tedious, using complicated passwords results in a securer digital environment. Looking to simplify the situation? Try using a password management system such as LastPass.
They Mix Company Files with Personal Storage
When you encourage employees to “leave their work at the office,” remind them that this applies to company files as well. Never store company files locally on personal computers. Employees’ personal devices may not exercise the strongest security practices, putting sensitive company information at risk. In some cases, accessing company files at home may also violate HIPAA and have legal implications if you work in the healthcare industry. Make sure you are following HIPAA guidelines.
They Are Not Trained Well
If your company lacks Internet security training, employees may be executing unsafe digital practices without even realizing it. Online security is an ever-changing world, so it is crucial to hold regular training sessions for employees. Educate staff members on appropriate security measures that need to be taken, how to identify a threat, and the mandated course of action should a breach occur. Learn more about training employees on Internet security.
They Share Accounts with Multiple Employees
Although it may seem more efficient to let multiple employees use the same login credentials, this can cause more headaches in the long run. Sharing accounts can be detrimental and it makes breaches more difficult to trace should one occur. Furthermore, it is easier for past employees to have access.
They Are Former Employees
This brings us to our last point – the riskiest employees are former employees. Placing unreserved trust in employees gives them more power to access accounts once they have left. Especially if the employee left on negative terms, businesses should be concerned about ex-employees accessing and meddling with sensitive files and accounts. Implementing the practices above will ensure this doesn’t happen.
Have any questions about safeguarding your company and training employees on best security practices? Give ICC a call at 970-419-0602.