It's no secret that one of the biggest risks to your company's security is its employees, but not due to any malicious intent. Most of the time, employees are just unfamiliar with the techniques that can be used to obtain access to company data and tools. James Pooley, an information security consultant and former Silicon Valley trial lawyer, says that, in addition to using MDM tools, it's important to train employees on methods that information thieves often use can help them avoid falling prey to traps on social media.
"Social media profiles give hackers a lot of information that they can use to compose realistic-looking, customized email phishing messages. But beyond that, websites themselves can be used directly to fool people into joining a fake group, survey, or event, sometimes using a money coupon as a lure. Other traps involve fake 'like' buttons, browser extensions offered for download, or compelling offers designed to make the viewer want to share them with friends. All of these social network scams are grounded in the idea that we are all so used to rapidly connecting, sharing, and exposing that we'll do it more or less automatically with anything that looks attractive. Teaching employees to think twice before clicking can help secrets stay secret."
Your company's data — client information, payment information, personal files, bank account details — is always at risk of falling into the wrong hands. And every day, security threats seem to come from a new place.
In this slideshow, we have collected some of the best advice that leading security experts have shared with IT Business Edge recently, identifying areas of data vulnerability and helping you develop strategies for securing your data and information systems.