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The Weakest Link in Your Company’s Information Security
What it is may surprise you.
Like all businesses, you have a plan and process in place to protect your company against breaches and data theft. But all security measures and plans, even the most brilliantly devised ones, have a weakest link. When it comes to your business’ confidential data, including company and customer information, the weakest link in information security is most often you and/or your staff. Take a look:
Humans are the weakest link in Information Security
According to a 2019 report, 63% of all C-Suite executives and 28% of small business owners who have experienced a data breach say that human error or accidental loss by an external vendor/source was the cause. In addition, 78% of security professionals surveyed said that the biggest threat to endpoint security is the negligence among employees for security practices. But accidents and irresponsible actions are not the only cause for data theft.
The average company experiences more than nine insider threats per month. And deliberate sabotage by both employees and outside partners or vendors account for a large amount of breaches. Companies that are victims or data theft face numerous consequences including:
- Loss of revenue
- Damage to reputation
- Legal ramifications
- Decrease in employee satisfaction and morale
- Decrease in employee retention
- Loss of customers
When asked, one-third of the US workforce that was surveyed reported that they would likely look for a new job if their employer suffered a breach of customer or employee data. Clearly, human error or unscrupulous behavior is an issue that all businesses must address.
How can businesses reduce their risk of vulnerability?
While there will always be a margin of error associated with any company policy, after all, humans are human and we all make mistakes, there are ways to strengthen your security measures.
- Provide in-depth, continuous training on security processes to all employees
- Assess your company’s information access among staff—limit access where necessary
- Offer incentives to employees for adherence to security processes
- Partner with a secure shredding and destruction provider to reduce accidental loss
All Points Mobile Shredding provides full service shredding and destruction to businesses throughout South Florida from Indian River County all the way to Broward County. Our shredding trucks come to your office and perform secure shredding and destruction of documents, files, devices, hard drives, cell phones and more. Because you are able to witness the process, you’re assured that your confidential information has not been compromised. We provide a certificate of destruction for every shred, giving you further peace of mind.
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