How Employees Can Compromise Small Business Data

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At least 43% of small businesses are vulnerable to security breaches. Many factors influence this, like the lack of proper tools to keep information secure and confidential. Either way, these enterprises cannot afford such security risks since it would mean huge financial losses and a ruined reputation in the industry. This is why it’s best to know the common reasons for IT breaches. One of them is — believe it or not — your employees.

How Employees Increase Your IT Security Risks

Around 80% of company breaches are inside jobs, but these also come in different forms:

Poor BYOD

BYOD stands for “bring your own devices.” Many small businesses prefer this setup since it makes everyone more efficient. They can do their jobs while on the go or even on holiday. Collaboration is quick and easy. The problem is many employees don’t know how to secure their devices. Logging in an unsecured WiFi, for example, already makes the device a playground for hackers.

Solution

Create a transparent, fair, and measurable BYOD policy. Teach employees the danger of poor mobile security and reduce access to confidential information.

Employee Off Boarding

There are different ways to off-board employees, such as transferring them to another department or branch. The most common, however, is termination. When employees leave and there’s no policy in place, they can steal data before they get out of the premises. Moreover, they can continue accessing information outside. What’s worse is they can sell or use them to their leverage to ruin your business.

Solution

Apart from having a policy, your company’s employee off boarding needs to have a reliable program that can keep track of all user accounts and compare the data to the status of the employees. To help you cut costs, you can use SaaS, so you don’t have to subscribe to any contract and pay only for the services used.

Don’t put your business in danger by security breaches. Take charge of your employees even when they’re leaving the company.