The expansion of globalisation has increased the world’s reliance on technology, now more than ever before. Since the development of the internet, there has been a massive surge in digital data creation. Many companies and governments store a great deal of their data on computers and transmit it across networks to other computers. It is no secret that technology and its underlying systems have vulnerabilities that can be exploited subsequently undermining the proper functioning of an organisation.
A breach in an organisation’s data stores can have a range of devastating consequences for any business. It can quite literally destroy a company’s reputation through the loss of consumer and partner trust. The loss of critical data, such as source files or even intellectual property, can cost a company its competitive advantage. In addition, a breach in a company’s data can impact corporate revenues due to non-compliance with data protection laws.
Cybersecurity is the combination of processes, practices, and technologies designed to protect networks, computers, programs, data and information from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In this article, we’ll look at some of the main cyber security issues workplaces face and some tips on how to secure your workplace data.
Phishing is a cybercrime that involves fraudulent attempts to obtain a person’s sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, bank/ credit card information etc. Usually, victims of phishing are contacted by email, telephone or even text message by someone posing as a representative of a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing their sensitive data.
- BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE POLICIES
Some companies have ‘bring your own device policies’ (BYOD) in a bid to increase flexibility and to cut down on device costs. Employees are therefore allowed to bring their own devices such as laptops. The down side to this is that it is increasingly difficult to manage these devices. This then increases the risk of viruses, malware and data breaches.
- DATA AND PRIVACY BREACHES
Attacks on personal data have become a growing concern in the past few years. Companies that store personal data about their employees therefore, are at risk of being targeted by those who would like to get a hold of this information with malicious intent.
- RANSOMWARE ATTACKS
Ransomware is a type of malware attack in which cybercriminals gain access to sensitive data and encrypts the victim’s. This prevents the victim from accessing their system or personal files. The hackers then demand payment in order for the victim to regain access to their data.
- HUMAN ERROR AND NEGLIGENCE
Even if a company is well protected against outside attacks, human error and negligence is sometimes inevitable. This is also the main cause of all data breaches. Be it through a malicious act from a disgruntled employee or simple carelessness, employees are usually the weakest link when it comes to a company’s cyber security deference.
In order to ensure that your workplace is well protected from cyber criminals, begin by having regular meetings with your employees on the importance of cybersecurity and observing the proper workplace etiquette on internet use and information sharing. Train your employees on the various risks and improve their working habits.
Carry out formal risk assessment tests to determine the best cyber protection tools for your workplace. Hire ethical hackers to find weak links in your company’s data protection systems and provide solutions.