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5 workplace security breaches that are putting your business at risk

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Pre-empting security breaches will ensure a smooth business operation

What are some common workplace security breaches?

Workplace security can be compromised through physical as well as digital types of security breaches. The physical security breaches can deepen the impact of any other types of security breaches in the workplace. So, let’s expand upon the major physical security breaches in the workplace.

Rogue Employees

It has been observed in the many security breaches that the disgruntled employees of the company played the main role in major security breaches in the workplace. The example of Sony’s data breach is one such kind of workplace security breach.

Casual Attitude   

The casual attitude of employees or management toward security awareness can lead to the disastrous results. There should be strict rules to follow the procedures without any exceptions.   

Unattended Assets & Areas

Any valuable data or equipment at the workplace should not be left unattended at all. Meanwhile, leaving a critical workplace area unattended or unlocked is another critical component that can add huge risk to the physical security breaches in your workplace.

Exceptions in Physical Access Rules

The physical security is the first circle of a powerful security mechanism at your workplace. So, always keep it strict and follow the physical security procedures in real sense. Always avoid any kind of exceptions in allowing access to the internal or external peoples to the restricted areas.

Eavesdropping over Sensitive Information

Eavesdropping has been a fundamental breach in the data security as well as in the physical security. The overhearing of the lock codes, pins, and security passwords is a big breach, which can lead to the disastrous outcomes. So, always take care to avoid any kind of eavesdropping in your surroundings.

Why is it important that you should address them immediately?

According to the FBI guidelines for workplace security, you should always take special care to address any vulnerabilities pertaining to the internal as well as external threats to save millions of dollars as a business loss.

Normally, any physical workplace security breach needs some time for planning and execution of the malicious act. So, you should always resolve any vulnerability immediately as you find it. By doing this, you can save your workplace from sustaining big damages. The main activities to address the security risks immediately include, change of passwords, reviewing the vulnerable points, tightening physical access, deterring internal threats, isolating the important assets and information and many others.

How do you go about preventing these security breaches?

To prevent any security breach at the workplace, take the following steps:

  • Review and restrict physical access as per security policy
  • Review and change the access passwords and keys
  • Review and monitor the egress and ingress points
  • Aware the concerned people to handle any uneven situation
  • Identify and secure critical information
  • Check and renew the network security and firewall settings
  • Change security keys after every employee leaves the company
  • Change the guards (human), if any
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