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Work security

Written by  Friday, 06 March 2015 08:42
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Security is important in the workplace - most people spend a quarter of each week in their office - but security here means more than just personal health and safety. The single most important thing a company can do to improve itself from a security perspective is to look internally.
Most offices are based directly or indirectly on sales, and with an aggressive sales force, almost any office can be made available for customer tours. Implementing a clean desk policy not only makes the sales force happy, but also help to focus staff on the day ahead while ensuring that security is kept in mind. Every stray piece of paper can carry a risk: usernames, passwords, IP addresses, customer names and phone numbers - all of which can be and should be considered confidential. A messy office atmosphere looks as if staff don't care about that information, and if staff can't track each piece of information, staff will find it very easy to loose what may be very valuable information. Make sure you have file storage at each desk, in drawers or on desks, and that staff are reviewed periodically to make sure they keep their spaces clean. To protect physical assets and to also help control internal theft, laptops, printers, and other expensive and reasonably light objects should be locked down to secure them.
The corporate view of security tends to be even wider and the needs for the company can be farther reaching than that of an individual. In most countries, larger companies are legislated to have a health and safety committee, often requiring a management presence to ensure that concerns brought up are actually addressed. For disaster recovery, a company needs to make sure that all important data, customer info and files are stored somewhere where they can be backed up regularly - you never want to trust important data to a single computer or a single piece of paper. Although real cases of corporate espionage are rare, companies need to protect against phishing - people will try to break into a network by calling someone, like a secretary or billing representative and ask for names, numbers, passwords and other confidential info - you'd be surprised how often this works - and now that company has two problems: a security hole has been breached, and a legal liability has been raised.
Even to and from work, employees with responsibility should be vigilant - be aware when carrying a briefcase or laptop bag, especially in areas like airports, bus stops and train stations. They are not only a target for thieves for the value of the systems, but also because a lot of people configure their laptops to connect automatically to the workplace from home, and you can expose your work infrastructure very easily - a hacker can walk right in to the most secure network with a preconfigured laptop under the right circumstances
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