2019 is here and New Year is generally regarded as a happy and festive time. This is when employees are on leave, and IT security professionals are able to let their hair down and relax. However, before you start getting comfortable and relaxed, ensure that you have taken steps to safeguard official data on your workers’ personal devices.
Confidential data on personal devices
Nowadays a number of companies follow Bring Your Own Device or BYOD strategies. Well, if the strategy is good and the workers know about the possible threats of doing their work from personal gadgets, then the data is somewhat secure. But, in cases of emergencies during the holidays, workers may have to solve work-related problems from their homes or elsewhere, and then security issues may arise.
It is vital to understand that several businesses use mobile messengers for work. Workers save contact details of co-workers and clients in their phone’s address books too.
Certain devices also save verbal conversations. Some phones have an inbuilt tool that records all the phone calls automatically. The device owners can also install 3rd party apps to do so.
Cyber threats while traveling
When someone is vacationing, they are often carefree and fail to keep an eye on things they normally observe, such as phones and tabs. While traveling, a number of people end up losing or misplacing their phones. In a majority of cases, the stolen or lost phones are formatted completely before they are sold. However, some malicious individuals can steal the data contained in the device.
You should be aware that cybercriminals can access important data virtually as well. Several people connect their phones to public wireless networks. While it is an economical and easy option, especially when travelling abroad, it also is risky as cybercriminals can steal the data.
Similarly, USB chargers at public places are also risky. They can be laced with keyloggers, and your data can get compromised. If the work-related information gets compromised, then it may lead to financial losses. There are different methods to lessen the risk of data theft.
Ways to minimize the threat of data getting compromised
It is not practical to attempt to prevent workers from using their own devices, and some will break even the most stringent prohibition. In order to safeguard company information, you should consider teaching workers the rudimentary rules of IT security. When they know how they should use their handheld devices, they will be prone to make fewer mistakes.
Aida Martin is a self-professed security expert; She has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.