How to Protect Yourself from Internal Security Threats
We all want to feel safe, whether as individuals, or businesses. Accordingly, cybersecurity has been a significant and growing concern for businesses in recent years. When we think of cybersecurity for businesses, we tend to think immediately of hackers and those external agents who seek to cause harm. That’s fair, given that cyberattacks can be dramatic, visible, and costly. The truth, however, is that at least half of all security breaches originate internally.
That isn’t to say that there are large numbers of employees turning on their employers, though there certainly are some. Rather, simple negligence is generally the culprit. For a smaller company, this could prove especially damaging due to costs related to recovery and legal fees, as well as the resulting loss of confidence on the part of clients.
So, what are some ways you can protect yourself from internal security threats? Keep reading.
Be Prepared with the Right Tools For Internal Security Threats
There are tools available to help defend your business, and you should be making use of them, especially given that some of them are quite simple to implement. One such simple measure is for businesses that offer free WiFi to also have an internal, password-protected WiFi that is completely separate and inaccessible to customers and employees. This will provide you with a secure means of storing or transferring important data.
Another simple means of protecting your business is one that should probably go without saying: antivirus software. Employees may inadvertently cause any number of issues simply by downloading an attachment that they assume to be safe, or by following an unfamiliar link. Businesses have a greater need for protection than the average individual, so they should make use of something more sophisticated than standard antivirus programs.
Invest in Employee Training
While most businesses will make training or even advanced training available to their employees, not all will take appropriate steps to ensure that the employees fully understand what is required of them with regard to security. If your training consists primarily of handing out documentation and asking employees to acknowledge its receipt, you will want to consider making some changes.
As mentioned above, a minimum of half of all security breaches come from employee actions. Given that fact, it’s important that your employees receive proper training in maintaining the integrity of your company’s network. One simple click from a single employee can have far-reaching consequences, so it is advisable to hold training sessions as opposed to leaving employees to largely educate themselves.
Always Have a Backup
Another precaution that should go without saying, backups offer you a proactive means of protecting your business from data breaches resulting from internal threats. Backup plans are always useful, but in this case, it’s a literal backup that could save you a great deal of misery and expense.
Make routine backups a part of your standard operation. While you will hopefully never need to make use of them, these backups allow you to recover any lost information, or revert to a period before the breach took place. The backups can be automated, leaving little excuse for not making use of them, especially considering that more than half of businesses that experience data loss prove unable to recover and thus tend to go under.
For added security, backup storage should be off-site, and for global businesses with several locations, having multiple storage options allows for the greatest security in the event of a wide-spread data breach.
What Does the Future Hold?
Cybersecurity experts work hard to stay ahead of the curve when dealing with evolving threats, but sadly, cybercriminals work equally hard, making it vital for all employees to be aware of their role in keeping the company secure, both from external threats, and internal ones.