Blog4 Ways IT Can Address End-User Security Vulnerabilities

4 Ways IT Can Address End-User Security Vulnerabilities

mei 14, 2015, Mobility / Service Support

There remains a substantial security vulnerability that is often overlooked: end-users. This hidden risk can occur even if the enterprise is doing an excellent job securing its networks and encrypting sensitive data.

The reality is that even the latest security software and optimal IT talent can’t protect the enterprise if end-users are albeit inadvertently undermining its security efforts. When non-IT employees are unequipped to identify phishing and social engineering schemes, security breaches occur.

To protect your organization and ensure robust enterprise security, here are four ways to address end-user security vulnerabilities.

1. Educate employees

According to a recent report by DataMotion, one out of three non-IT employees doesn’t understand their organization’s security policies.

Educating end-users on the enterprise’s security policies is critical. Train them on developing strong passwords, safely leveraging BYOD and the prevention of common security breaches. Show them how to spot social engineering tactics and phishing emails. Engaging end-users in the organization’s security strategy will enable them to make stronger, more secure choices.

2. Use employee insight to your advantage

Though end-users can inadvertently create security risks, they can also provide valuable insight into whether processes and policies are followed or ignored. This awareness allows IT to gauge the effectiveness of its security measures and make informed, beneficial policy changes.

3. Communicate security news

We recommend integrating security into everyday business conversations to help employees understand that everyone has a role in organizational security, not just IT. Consider sending internal email newsletters with examples from recent, high profile security breaches to help employees recognize and prevent potential attacks.

4. Develop a robust security strategy

Beyond education and communication, ensure that your enterprise has strong security measures in place in the event of an end-user misstep. For example, if a user accidentally clicks on a malicious link or activates a virus, there needs to be an established procedure to quickly eliminate and resolve the issue. In addition, we recommend enforcing and maintaining best practices, updating security software and continually revisiting and upgrading policies.

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