When you think about threats to your company’s digital security, images of external threats probably come to mind. These include things like viruses, hackers or malware. While these threats are not to be taken lightly, there is another threat to your digital security you may have never considered: internal threats. Yes, we’re talking about your employees or anyone else that has access to your network or other critical IT equipment.
Why is it so crucial to think about internal network hacking? Unlike an external source, an employee has easier access to vital information and can potentially cause damage without much notice. Here are some guidelines for better internal security:
Screen potential employees. One of the best ways to keep employees from hacking your system is hiring top-notch employees. When hiring, be sure to do extensive background checks on potential hires. Look for red flags – individuals with an extensive criminal background, multiple terminations or a less-than-professional social media presence should be avoided.
Exit Interview. Most companies are hacked when an employee leaves the company. By conducting an exit interview, companies can remind soon-to-be-former employees of the legal implications of hacking your network or other IT equipment.
Publicize security policy. By clearly informing employees of the security policy, your company can minimize the risk of both intentional and unintentional internal security issues.
Take the next step. While the first few tips can reduce your risk of employees preforming these negative actions, there are ways to actively prevent hacking. First, implementing an end-point data leak protection system can prevent employees from maliciously copying information to certain portable devices. Second, monitor your databases. Be on the lookout for any activity that seems suspicious or out of the ordinary.
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