Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

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Data breaches are increasing every year and hackers are getting more advanced as security systems improve. Because of this, there are many ways for hackers to steal data in the workplace including when you share information online over an unsecure WiFi network or leave your computer unlocked. Fortunately, there are many ways for you, as an employee, to protect personal and professional information.

Here are a few simple measures to protect data, prevent theft, and stop attacks in the workplace:

  • Be aware of the people around you
    • Be mindful of the people around you while working in public spaces such as coffee shops or a library. For example, people may be standing behind you or looking over your shoulder while you’re typing in credit card information or viewing sensitive documents. 
  • Lock all devices with a password
    • Having a passcode on your phone and computer can stop a thief from accessing your personal photos, emails, data, etc., if your devices are stolen. Passcodes can also protect your data when you are away from your computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Change your password every few months
    • Changing your password frequently will help protect you against phishing sites and viruses that may attack your computer or other devices. 
  • Do not click on links contained in unsolicited emails
    • If you’re not expecting an email or attachment from a sender, simply don’t open it. Suspicious emails or attachments may contain viruses or phishing scams targeted to capture your personal information.
  • Do not share sensitive information over email
    • Hackers can easily steal information from your email, so please avoid sharing confidential or personal information via email when possible.
  • Clear your desk of all sensitive work and personal documents
    • Do not leave paperwork or post-it notes with sensitive information on your desk as people walking by could easily view that information. For example, passwords, personal employee data, and confidential information should be kept private and inaccessible from people walking by or visiting your desk. 

Employees play a major role in maintaining security in the workplace and must know the basics of preserving data security and spotting possible breaches. Fostering a culture of cybersecurity focuses on strengthening employees’ understanding of security issues and how their actions can help or hurt the company’s security.

 

Check out last week’s article here on the Elon Technology Blog, and stay tuned next week to learn about the risks of using smart devices! Don’t forget to keep up with National Cyber Security Awareness Month by looking for #ElonSecure on Twitter!

 

Amanda Lenz

Amanda Lenz

Amanda is the Digital Content Strategist for Teaching and Learning Technologies at Elon University.

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