5 Ways to Keep Cybersecurity on Track While on Vacation

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Establish Acceptable Use Policies

To prevent breaches from occurring, organizations should create acceptable use policies, which are meant to be internal guiding principles to regulate employee use of computers and the Internet. While these policies can vary by company, it's important to implement company-wide standards to reduce the overall network surface area of an attack. The more freedom organizations grant their employees to select and customize operating systems, applications and computing devices, and to use the Internet, the less secure the organization's IT infrastructure will be.  

Spring and summer months signal a time for many to press pause on hectic schedules and enjoy a week of vacation. But with the office in the rear view, basic cybersecurity processes and procedures still need to remain priorities. The reason is simple. You might be getting much-needed R&R in Florida, but the bad guys are not. Cybercrime -- one of the biggest threats to the U.S. -- costs businesses up to $400 billion a year. Attackers are a determined bunch, constantly refining their methods to gain access to and steal sensitive information, identities, intellectual property and more.

And as the network perimeter expands, the attack surface expands with it. According to a Tech Pro Research survey, the bring your own device (BYOD) movement is booming, with 74 percent of organizations either already using or planning to allow employees to bring their own devices to work. Beyond BYOD, other common behaviors of the mobile workforce, like storing sensitive data in the cloud and connecting to the corporate network via public Wi-Fi, create endless entry points for cyber attacks.

In this slideshow, Blue Coat has identified five steps organizations can take to maintain a solid security posture, even while employees are on vacation.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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