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June 7, 2012

3 New Digital Security Risks You Need to Be Aware Of

Written by Joe Moriarty

3 New Digital Security Risks You Need to Be Aware Of

jailbars resized 600Digital security risks from data theft and hacking are pretty well know, but as the world becomes more digitized there are more and more threats to businesses. As an organization, know how to keep your data safe and being aware of new digital security risks can keep your company protected and safe. It’s all part of developing security intelligence so you and your employees can predict, identify and react to any potential threats.

Here are three new digital security risks that are important to know about.

Digital Copiers

Does your office make use of one or several digital copiers? You could be sharing secure documents without even knowing it. Almost every digital copier built in the past 10 years has a hard drive that helps with the photocopying process. Although the hard drives make it easier than ever to adjust sizing and alter copy formatting, there’s an unintended side effect that can hurt your security. The hard drives store an image of every document that is copied, scanned or emailed by that particular machine. Although manufacturers don’t intentionally put their customers at risk with this technology, it is a feature that many business consumers don’t realize. Companies that lease the copiers either don’t understand how the features work or don’t opt in for protection that many leasing companies offer.

If your organization is leasing a digital copier, be sure that you understand the security implications. Ask how digital copier hard drives are wiped out and be sure to invest in any protection plans that the leasing company may offer to protect your company’s privacy. Any additional bottom line costs will pay off in the long run.

Apple iOS Devices

One of the biggest selling points of Mac computers, iPads and iPhones is their relative security compared to Windows devices. However, as iOS devices are becoming a bigger part of the workplace and more people are using them to access information online, hackers and virus makers are taking notice. There are a growing number of malware attacks on iOS devices and Mac OSX platforms.

If members of your organization are using their iOS devices at work or accessing work documents from home, your entire company is at risk. As the malware attacks on iPhones and iPads increase, the threat to businesses will grow as well. Apple users may mistakenly believe that their products are invulnerable to viruses and threats, so they delay security software updates and other security measures.

If your company participates in the BYOD (bring your own device to work) policy, be sure that there are rules and regulations regarding the all mobile devices. Your IT department should be familiar with protected iOS devices. They should be able to ensure that iPads and iPhones in use by employees aren’t leaving your entire enterprise open to a major threat.

Generation Y Employees

Although you never want to make broad stroke assumptions about groups of employees, the statistics are clear when it comes to younger employees and online security. According to surveys conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance, workers in the under-35 crowd are more likely to engage in “risky online behavior” particularly at work. The survey showed that 51% of users under the age of 30 visit social media sites at work. Of that group, 66% download files from other’s profiles frequently. This can lead them to unknowingly download Trojan viruses, worms and other malware onto their company computers.

In addition, members of this age group are more likely to be victims of fraud and digital theft. They share personal information without a second thought and can be careless with work information as well. Without IT measures in place, solutions for secure content control and employee education, younger workers can put your entire organization at risk.

As long as the online environment is a part of working life, there will be some form of digital security threat out there. If your organization remains knowledgeable about emerging risks and takes steps to prevent them, you can control content and important data. 

Joe Moriarty

Joe Moriarty, the CEO of Content Raven, is an experienced salesperson and leader with a strong history of increasing sales and motivating his teams. Joe’s background includes vice president and director positions in software companies, including VP of sales and marketing at Hybrivet Systems (later acquired by 3M). Under Joe’s leadership, Hybrivet gained national distribution in Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sherwin-Williams, and Walmart stores, and its products became the gold standard for lead detection.

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