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How to strengthen the weak links in your IT security

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How to strengthen the weak links in your IT security

Shadow IT is the term used to describe IT systems that are built and used within businesses without explicit business approval. An example is an individual employee signing up for a cloud-based app without going through an approval process first.

Why is this a problem?

Relatively few organisations are able to track the cloud services that their employees purchase and use. When employees by-pass corporate IT policies, they unintentionally put their company data under threat. These employees are often battling red-tape which gets in the way of their own productivity, which is the ironically part of the problem.

How do you change these old habits?

You can have an amazing IT security plan but it’s worthless if users simply ignore it. Old habits die hard.

It’s all about education. And it’s often a painful process to avoid sounding like a school teacher:

“Don’t click on that”
“Think about your choices”

Help your employees:

All employees should have to go through basic cybersecurity training, which includes how to identify and react to a phishing attempt, which is a lead cause of ransomware infection.

Employees should know how to spot a malicious email and how to deal with it. This is an essential part of protecting your business against attacks and should become a fundamental practice in any business today.

Summary:

Businesses need to get their employees back under one security overlay to stop things getting out of control. That’s not a simple task given that the biggest threat to their own security is one they pay to walk through the doors every day.

For security advice and staff awareness training talk to Tech Precision as we can guide you through the security minefield. Contact us.

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