At the mention of security threats, most companies immediately think of hackers. The Washington State court system was hacked into this February – potentially compromising information about 160,000 Social Security numbers and a million drivers’ licenses. This news was closely followed by CNBC’s report of a former Bloomberg employee accessing user data of the Bloomberg terminals of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. While hackers often target government sites, companies like LinkedIn, Twitter, Sony Entertainment and Apple have not escaped this threat. Protecting data is a big concern for all companies. Most spend big bucks on security networks and establish comprehensive security policies. Unfortunately, companies are more vulnerable to threats posed by their employees.
Recent surveys indicate that many employees lack a clear knowledge of their organization’s data security policies; constituting a major threat to data security. Temporary workers are even less informed, posing a much greater threat. With nearly one out of every four U.S. workers in a temporary capacity, the potential exposure is growing.
Data Security Imperatives:
Having a security policy in place is just the first step towards securing the networks. To mitigate the threat, it is necessary to develop information access and intellectual property policies specifically for non-employees.
Data protection is possible when companies:
In the ultimate analysis, workers alone cannot be blamed for data breaches in any organization which fails to take data security seriously enough to make its protection a part of the corporate DNA.
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