IT Security – It’s not all Cyber!
There’s no denying that Cyber Crime is on the rise, with hacking, phishing and data breaches becoming a key issue. With all the emphasis on Cyber Security, are we forgetting the basics? It’s all very well to protect your laptop from virus and malware attacks, but what are you doing to protect your own security?
Be careful with the way you work
Stand in any train carriage in rush hour, and you’re likely to see commuters happily working away on one device or another. Great! Remote working is the way the world is moving, and the flexibility it affords can only help to improve staff relations and productivity. The concern is in the way it is used. If you’re not careful with the way you work, other travellers may see your screen, making it all too easy for someone to take advantage of the information they can view, putting you in a very vulnerable positon.
So what’s the answer? Should we stop using these resources that are enabling us to become more remotely efficient? The answer is simply to remember; security isn’t all cyber!
Our five tips for protecting your own security…
Protect your screen – just like your pin when you’re at the cash point, it’s important when working on anything confidential to make sure that people can’t see your work. Direct your screen so that it’s angled away from prying eyes, or invest in a laptop privacy shield – a special screen protector that prevents anyone not sitting directly in front of the screen from viewing it.
Keep your devices close – Even with the best password protection or encryption in the world, you’ll still have to deal with the inconvenience if you leave your smart phone or laptop somewhere, or worse have them stolen. There are security cables available for securing your laptop if you’re concerned about theft, and even briefcases designed to be used as makeshift tables, which allow you to keep laptops, dongles, tablets and smartphones all in one place while you’re using them. And always remember to double check you’ve got everything before you leave.
Think first! – Does that confidential HR document really need to be worked on right now? Is there something less private that you could be working on? At the end of the day, no measure of security can ever be as effective as not opening yourself up in the first place.
It's not just about when you travel. The security of your equipment in your office is just as important.
Turn it off! – So many of us are guilty of leaving our PC on overnight. It’s easy to forget that the convenience this gives you leaves a gaping hole in your security. You’re not there overnight, and anyone who does have access to your workspace, has ample opportunity to look at whatever you may have left access to.
Lock it down – You should always remember to lock your screen when you leave your device unattended. What you’re working on may not be appropriate for others in your organisation to see. It’s important that if you’re working on anything confidential that you keep it private.
With all the high tech options available now, it’s easy to forget that you yourself are the first layer of security! Stay vigilant, take care, and you should be well on the way to keeping your IT equipment safe.