Are Your Employees Compromising Your IT Security?
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Young Employees in the Workplace
Hiring young employees can bring fresh talent and innovation, giving your company an edge over your competitors. With that being said, young employees are often technology savvy – and it’s important that savviness doesn’t turn into a technology risk.
According to a Cisco Connected World Technology Report, 70 percent of young employees frequently ignore their company’s information technology (IT) policies. It’s easy to look over something like a technology policy, just like it’s easy to look over your iTunes agreement every time there’s a new update.
Not only young employees, but all employees can compromise IT security in the following ways:
- USB flash drives: While these are convenient portable devices for storing information, they make it easy to take sensitive information out of the office and can be misplaced easily since they’re so small.
- Wireless and wi-fi networks: Whether it’s an employee’s personal Wi-Fi network at home or free Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop, it’s important that employees use a secured virtual private network (VPN) and take other security measures when they log in on networks outside of your company.
- Laptop computers: Lightweight and handy for working remotely, laptops are also susceptible to viruses from improperly-secured networks.
- Smartphones: Though useful for obtaining information at your fingertips, smartphones are also another portable way to take sensitive data out of the office.
- Collaboration websites: Websites, such as a wiki or SharePoint site, are great tools for employees working together on projects; but it’s critical that only authorized employees are logging in and accessing your company’s projects on these sites.
- Social media tools: Sites such as Facebook and Twitter can benefit your business, but negligent use, such as sharing critical company information, can be a risk.
Employers shouldn’t necessarily prohibit employees from using technology, as this list includes many tools necessary to complete work-related tasks. But, it’s important to know the risks and educate all employees – no matter how young or how old – to use technology properly.
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