How to Secure Your Company's Greatest Risk: The User

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The mandate to pay attention to security can’t just come from IT. It needs to have visible support from high-ranking company executives. Top officials need to not only be talking the talk, but also walking the walk. Users need to see that security isn’t just something for them to pay attention to – it’s a company-wide issue for each and every employee. Users are bombarded constantly with messages from different departments both inside and outside their company, but if they see that high-ranking executives such as the CEO, CFO and others are placing a high value on corporate data security, they will be more likely to prioritize the message.

Users are a company’s biggest asset and, unfortunately, often its greatest risk. Mitigating the risk posed by users is an ongoing challenge. You can limit their access through admin rights, but you can’t always prevent them from opening corrupted emails. You can force them to routinely change their passwords, but can’t prevent them from clicking malicious links.

So what can you do to ensure your company stays as secure as possible? Educate your users! Turn them into a security-aware workforce that would no sooner click a malicious link than download a corrupted patch. Read on for tips from Lumension’s Paul Zimski on what you can do to secure your greatest risk area: the users.

 

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

 
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