Data Privacy Vulnerabilities Within Organizations: 4 Often Overlooked Areas

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Cyber Security

When it comes to cybersecurity and data privacy, there are virtually endless scenarios businesses need to consider. Often, people think cyber-attacks and security breaches are one and the same thing. But, there are many different types of threats that access and attack systems in various ways. Plus, these threats constantly evolve to stay one step ahead of attempts to stop them.

As such, businesses ramp up efforts to protect their organizations’ IT network. But sometimes, with much of the focus being on huge cybersecurity issues, companies overlook some serious data privacy vulnerabilities within their organization, including:

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy

Basically, BYOD is a policy that permits employees to bring their personally-owned devices to their workplace and use those devices to access company information, programs, and other applications.

On the one hand, this policy is beneficial as using familiar devices boosts employee productivity and it helps small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) cut down procurement costs. On the other hand, the use of personal smartphones or tablets can increase the risk of data loss — either through human error or unknowingly giving cybercriminals a way into the organization’s network.

Voice and Video Apps

Many organizations use Skype and other voice and video apps to have effective communication within and beyond the office. But, here’s what most businesses don’t know: voice and video apps are as susceptible to hacks as other IT systems, especially if the communication is made over VoIP.

ITProPortal recently published a report about the security challenges that come with VoIP and the need for encrypting the service. At the very least, businesses of all sizes need to treat voice and video with the same attention they would give any other security and data risk.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has become increasingly popular among businesses. After all, it is convenient and is generally considered secure; unfortunately, this is not always the case. In a public cloud, for instance, all data is stored within the provider’s network. That means one single point of vulnerability.

Cloud’s centralized storage systems come with huge advantages, of course. Businesses, however, need to remind themselves that with a cloud’s single point of vulnerability, it can be easy for someone in the organization to leave that point open, either by mistake or with malicious intent, for cyber-attacks.

People Within the Organization

The number one cause of cybersecurity breaches at SMBs is the employees, according to a recent study. Human errors as simple as sending privileged information to the wrong email address, using default passwords, or losing a company-issued laptop can put the entire organization at risk of data breaches. Then, there are also situations in which employees willfully cause cyber-attacks or data leakage.

Fortunately, there are ways for organizations to address these often overlooked vulnerabilities within their workplace. One of those is to cover all the bases with a comprehensive security strategy. For SMBs, that could mean more IT employees to hire, more solutions to deploy. So, Justice IT Consulting is here to step in — with a range of scalable cybersecurity strategies and IT services for SMBs in Texas.

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