Five Digitally Vulnerable Areas Your Business May be Overlooking

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Routers

Whether you use a wired or wireless router, if it is not configured properly, it could pose potential security risks. Pirates using your Internet connection can not only slow down your connection, they can also gain access to your confidential information. Password protect your router to encrypt the connection and prevent outsiders from logging in. You should also turn off broadcasting in your router settings to prevent others from seeing your network's name. Additionally, change the admin password immediately after purchase to prevent hackers from finding common manufacturer passwords on the Internet.

According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute – the pre-eminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy – data breaches cost U.S. enterprises an average of $5.4 million per incident in 2012. Cintas Corporation partnered with the Ponemon Institute to identify five digital devices that are overlooked areas in a business and could be subject to a security breach.

"With the growing number of digital devices in today's businesses, it is no longer sufficient to only secure data stored on documents or in computer files," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "Data stored on digital devices such as fax machines and routers must be securely destroyed to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands."

This slideshow features the most commonly overlooked digital devices that could be a point of access for a security breach.

 

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