Today’s businesses face a number of security threats related to the use of modern technology in the workplace, and this is often highlighted by the media. Data theft is a a key concern, but it’s important to realize that physical data breaches can be just as detrimental to your business as digital data theft. Therefore companies must also protect against the low-tech security threats to data.
Examples of low-tech security threats include physical theft of data, sensitive documents being left unattended for all eyes to see, and eavesdropping on confidential conversations. Neglecting to take these vulnerabilities into consideration when creating your corporate security strategy could create some damaging ramifications for your business.
Here are several common low-tech security risks and ways you can help defend against them:
- Power related issues. An interruption in power such as an outage, surge, or spike result in data loss. This is why it’s imperative that your company is up-to-date with related power protection.
- Environmental concerns. Environmental factors such as extreme temperatures, moisture, and fire can damage data. To safeguard your data from environmental factors, use climate-conditioned computer closets to store your technology. To further protect your data, use environmental monitoring and alerting.
- Digital theft. Digital theft gets a lot of attention when it comes to data security, and this is because it’s easy for malicious hackers to steal data using a flash drive, file-transfer, or email. Implementing a Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) system will help prevent digital theft.
- Multifunction printers. Multifunction printers (MFPs) have become a popular target for hackers as these devices contain hard drives that often store sensitive data. Additionally, multifunction devices provide hackers with access to a company’s network. MFPs need to be on a secured network and require user authentication that restricts unauthorized user access.
As you can see, by not addressing these common low-tech security threats, you’re putting your business at risk of losing valuable data. Please contact us for more solutions to mitigate the risk of your business experiencing data theft.