Organizations are investing time, energy, and money in building a solid security system. However, in the effort of making big changes in the organization’s security, minor and persistent security issues often go unnoticed and this may be a potential cyber threat for the organization.
Here are the 5 security issues which may not be a major concern if you think about it but some massive cyber attacks have taken place due to the following:
1. Lack of update in systems and applications
The notifications you get reminding you to update your systems and applications should never go unnoticed. Updating systems regularly means inculcating latest features that helps scale up the security of system even further. Cyber attackers tend to leverage loopholes in systems that have age-old features. It is easier for them to break into such systems. It is best to not to postpone updating systems and applications. Make your systems immune to cyber threats by updating them frequently.
2. Lack of data encryption
Encrypting critical business data and credentials is a security measure that most cyber security professionals swear by. Encrypted data becomes unreadable and cannot be decoded without a decryption key. The fact is, no matter how vigilant we may be, the possibly of important business data landing in the hands of an unauthorized party is always there. Data encryption will keep the integrity of the data intact even if it gets breached.
3. Unmanaged BYOD
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has seen excellent adoption rate among most organizations today. However, most companies do not pay as much attention in securing the employees’ devices as much as they do for the corporate devices. Employees work on the go, on their personal devices, important data and files are transferred, they tend to connect to open networks- such activities certainly open doors to massive cybercrimes. Organizations must manage BYODs and implement strict IT controls on them for better cyber security.
4. Lack of employee training
In cyberspace, employees are considered as the weakest link to security. Cyber attackers may use techniques such as social engineering to avail business information due to lack of awareness about cybercrimes. It is important to educate employees about cyberthreats, and latest cyber trends and cyber security best practices. If employees practice due diligence and form a strong internal network, the organization’s security will enhance twofold.
5. Infrequent cybersecurity assessments
At regular intervals, your organization must know how good its security is and what needs to be improved on. This is possible with regular cybersecurity assessments. It sure is important to implement improvised security protocols and manage important business data better. But it is also important to assess whether the security measures you implement are bringing in fruitful results. You may read our blog to know the steps to carry out successful cybersecurity assessment.
Often time, we tend to overlook the minor security issues and keep them lagging- this is exactly what cyber attackers need. The malicious actors wouldn’t even need advanced attacking methods if they can get through the systems via the above-mentioned minor security glitches.
So, before implementing major security protocols, ensure your organization has resolved the minor security issues- they can be disruptive beyond your imagination .