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5 big data security risks in the workplace

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022, 39% of UK businesses have identified a cyber attack over the last 12 months. It is imperative that business owners are doing everything they can to minimise this risk to avoid major damage – both in terms of cost and reputation. One of the crucial steps involved when making an incident response plan is to acknowledge the types of risks that are most likely to target your business, understanding the key characteristics of each. That’s why we’ll be sharing the five biggest data security risks in your workplace, so you’ll be fully prepared for each scenario.  

1) Careless staff

To achieve a security-focused working culture, it’s vital that regular training is provided to both new and long-term employees. Staff should also have everything they need to carry out their job effectively, informed on how to safely set-up and how to securely operate a system to minimise security risks. If regular communication doesn’t occur between business owners and staff members regarding how to perform tasks safely and securely, there’s a chance they could become careless. Set the best example you can so that employees can follow suit. 

2) BYOD security

BYOD security stands for ‘bring your own device’, and is an alternative to using work-specific technology in the office. Although there are ways to introduce this policy efficiently, there will be new cyber security risks to consider and avoid. Some of the biggest BYOD security risks include device infection – which can occur when accidentally clicking on illegal streaming sites or dodgy advertisements – data hacks due to lost or stolen devices, forgetting to update systems, and sharing devices with members of family or friends can lead to crucial files accidentally being deleted.

If you are thinking of implementing a BYOD policy, remain cautious and encourage open-communication with staff. They must be fully aware of the potential risks and how to avoid them, which will all contribute to a transparent, protected working environment. 

3) Not prioritising cyber security policy

Did you know that almost half of companies don’t have a proper security policy in place? Unfortunately, advancements to the technology industry – and subsequently the introduction of new, advanced phishing, malware and ransomware attacks – mean that IoT cyber attacks are expected to double by 2025. With one of the biggest targets of these attacks being small businesses – with statistics revealing that one small business in the UK is successfully hacked every 19 seconds – it’s especially important that a strict, clear security policy is in place to prevent potentially devastating effects. 

The solution? Encouraging a security-focused culture through regular training, open-communication, installing the appropriate security systems to further protect your premises, and by devising an incident response plan. This should highlight your list of pre-determined, step-by-step instructions to follow in the event of a cyber attack. In doing this, you’ll be able to act quickly and efficiently, consequently minimising your business’s downtime. 

4) Weak passwords

This is another major data security risk that your workplace should be aware of, and staff must always be encouraged to create secure passwords – that can also be easily remembered, but not easily guessed. It’s also vital that these passwords are never shared with others, even those you trust, and don’t forget to update these every few months for an added layer of protection. If the necessary precautions aren’t taken, you could risk thieves hacking into your data. 

5) Insider threats

Although having trust in your employees is key to a healthy working culture, it should always be kept in mind that anyone could be a potential suspect. As important as it is to create a plan that protects businesses from outsider threats, an insider threat strategy should also be put together to ensure optimum security. 

The installation of physical security – such as access control systems –  is one of the best ways to secure your business. From gate intercom to a biometric fingerprint recognition system, these will allow you to have full control over who’s accessing sensitive data, and who’s entering your premises. 

Looking for further ways to enhance your workplace’s security and prevent data security risks? Explore our stock range today to discover the best physical security methods for your business. Need some more information on finding the best systems for your premises? Contact us today to find out more.