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

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Passwords can be a user’s biggest weakness. After all, there are so many these days; it’s hard to keep track of them all. It’s much easier to just create one password and reuse it across sites and systems. Users know that this is bad behavior, but they do it anyway out of convenience. Further education and engagement can help – perhaps add incentives around password security to motivate better behavior. The real trick is to help employees make it easy to manage their passwords and keep them secure. Suggest tools that users can use to keep track of their passwords, while still using different ones across the many websites they use.

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.

 

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