Implement policies that forbid employees from copying files to removable media like USB drives or transmitting via webmail systems and social networks.
With the escalating use of mobile devices and tablets, along with the growing number of telecommuters, it’s critical for small businesses to stay on top of employee activity. According to the Ponemon Institute, the costs associated with data breaches caused by careless or malicious employees can be detrimental to an SMB — insider breach incidents cost businesses an average of $3.4 million per business per year. Furthermore, Ponemon’s survey found that 60 percent of exiting employees walked out with company information. That added to the productivity loss caused by unmonitored employees — the average unmonitored employee wastes approximately 30 percent of their workday on non-work-related Web browsing — is costing small businesses more than they realize.
While most large corporations have standard employee monitoring rules in place to prevent wasted time and the potential for data leakage, many small businesses do not have the time or resources to develop and enforce effective policies.
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