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In this issue, we will discuss the unexpected ways your company can become the victim of a security breach.
The 2015 Information Security Tracker conducted via Ipsos Reid, revealed that 68 per cent of British businesses, both large and small, don’t provide regular training on information security procedures for their employees. When it comes to preventing information security breaches and safeguarding your business, one of your business’ greatest enemies is a lack of awareness. The information provided below provides advice on how not to let both the most common and uncommon risks turn your company into a victim of a security breach.
In today's on-the-go economy, chances are high that your employees spend as much time out of the office as they do inside it. However, next time an employee stays at a hotel, think twice and don't let the following story become a reality:
The 2015 Information Security Tracker revealed that 31 per cent of large businesses and 60 per cent of SMEs have no policy in place for secure storage and disposal of confidential documents for off-site work environments; however, a data breach from a carelessly handled document can not only lead to potential financial damage – it could create a loss of reputation and diminished trust.
By following a number of information security protocols and policies, you can better arm your company and your staff against taking unexpected risks with sensitive information and prevent the above story from becoming a reality.
It’s important to be aware of all potential information security threats in order to protect your business both inside and outside of the office. Keep in mind the variety of common locations where fraud may occur.
Outside of the office, take precautions when you or your colleagues access sensitive information while in hotels, restaurants, airports or off site meetings. Ensure that documents are not left in cars or closely watched while taking public transport.
Along with the rise of external threats, don’t forget that some of the most malicious risks are all around you on a daily basis. Think of the ways vital information is not properly secured in your office: the recycling bin, the photocopier, even your own desk. Have you ever left files unattended over lunch or when you go home at night? Any number of people, from building to cleaning staff, have access to the office after hours.
Being more vigilant not only in your office, but also when you’re on-the-go is definitely a start. Below are additional tips on how to prevent your company, employees and clients from becoming victims.
When it comes to protecting your organisation’s sensitive information, you can never be too careful. In today’s information-driven economy, it’s more crucial than ever to take precautions to ensure confidential data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. By taking proactive steps now, your business can make the right moves in preventing an information security breach down the line.
Shred-it has developed an online survey to help businesses better understand security gaps in their processes. To conduct your own security self-assessment, visit our website at: Risk Assessment Survey.
For more tips on improving information security, please visit the Shred‑it Resource Centre at shredit.co.uk/resource-centre
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