Many businesses are blissfully unaware of the information security risks that plague them. If you’ve never been stressed about the safekeeping of your business’ data, this blog may change that.
5 Information Security Threats you Never Thought of
Due to cost-effectiveness and overall convenience, more and more businesses are opting to use VoIP and broadband systems for telecommunications. Since these technologies are inherently reliant on the internet, they open up new windows for hackers to carry out cyberattacks.
It’s necessary that your VoIP and broadband systems are set up by qualified IT professionals in order to ensure they’re safe from hackers.
2. Mobile Devices
There’s a shocking culture of ignorance surrounding the security of smartphones and other mobile devices. Many people are under the false pretense that their devices come with airtight security straight from the factory.
It’s certainly less common for smartphones to fall victim to viruses, but it’s not impossible. Also, since many mobile devices issued for work purposes remotely access business networks, hackers can use them as entry points to launch attacks.
3. Cloud Storage
Similar to mobile devices, there is quite a bit of confusion when it comes to cloud backup security. The cloud is not inherently secure. You can’t just upload your files to a cloud network and assume they’ll never be stolen. Cloud security requires extra steps in order to keep data within it safe.
If you set up your cloud storage yourself, consider asking for the help of an information security professional to ensure your data is truly protected.
If you read the blogs we’ve published over the last few months, you’ll notice that probably 90 percent of them mention email security at least once. That’s how important an issue it is.
Still, too few people are educated on the spoof email epidemic. Opening an email attachment from an unknown, unverified sender is just asking for trouble. Never, under any circumstance, open an email attachment from someone you don’t know.
5. Shadow IT
The term “shadow IT” refers to any information technology system or solution that’s implemented without the explicit permission of the trained IT team.
Employees who download a third-party program that’s intended to make their job easier, for example, are engaging in shadow IT. The issue here is obvious: employees who aren’t thoroughly trained in cybersecurity may be inept at detecting malicious programs.
Most of the time, employees who participate in shadow IT aren’t doing so because they don’t want the opinion of the IT team—it’s because they don’t even realize it’s an issue. The best way to combat shadow IT is through training.
By applying the right security measures and training your employees, you can mitigate these information security threats. The best way to beat cybercriminals is by preventing them from compromising your business’ data in the first place!