Scammers, hackers, and con artists are opportunists. This means that they analyse an event, situation, or change in the business marketplace, and work at finding ways to turn it to their own advantage. For example, the ways in which business’ across Australia operate has changed significantly throughout the year, which inevitably will result in employees working in new environments, utilising unfamiliar technology and apps throughout their workday, and so on. Scammers and hackers may notice this change in the work environment, and decide that it can be exploited, to gain unauthorised access to work data, which threatens the overall ability of an organisation to function. A change to our work environments unfortunately introduces risks such as this, and business’ should be alert, but not alarmed. By being aware of these potential threats, they are able to implement information security counter-measures to safeguard their confidential information, and demonstrate to customers and clients that they are an organisation that takes the issue of strong information security very seriously.
For business’ looking to keep their information protected from a range of potential security threats, including intentional ones such as hackers and other cyber threats, and unintentional ones, such as loss of work data by working on old, outdated systems, an effective strategy is to identify the scope of potential information threats they could face, and then develop a cohesive, unified information security system for addressing them. By dealing with the issue in this manner, potential threats will be identified at the earliest stage, before they have a chance to significantly impact operations, and business’ will be able to deal with them in a clear, methodical manner, utilising proven successful strategies for upholding the business’ valuable knowledge assets.
Companies seeking to strengthen their information security have to take a number of factors into consideration, such as: how to systematically review their existing information security systems in a manner least disruptive to operations, how to ensure the newly implemented information security systems are compatible with their existing procedures, how to adequately train staff on what to do, and what not to do, in the event of an information security breach, how to work with staff at identifying potential breaches, and so on. The sheer scope of duties needed to be undertaken may seem a little overwhelming at first glance, but that is only because you have not implemented a systematic, clear, strategy for dealing with them.
Through the implementation of an efficient Information Security Management System (ISMS), business’ are able to address the issue of maintaining the strongest possible information security for their organisation, in a clear, methodical manner. An effective ISMS provides business’ with efficient, successful, information security solutions, including:
- A security audit of every technological device, app, program, or physical copy, the organisation uses, to ensure that they are all safeguarded from unauthorised access. This included trouble-shooting potential security issues, such as scam emails, and devising simple, yet effective, solutions to them. For example, utilising anti-virus software, quarantining of suspicious emails, and so on, significantly minimises the chances of a cyber threat impacting the operations, as potential threats are immediately identified, and dealt with, before they can significantly harm the business.
- Educating staff on how to identify suspicious activity, what to do in the event of receiving a suspicious email, or other correspondence. Education is one of the most effective ways to counter potential information security threats, as staff that understand the scope of threats, are able to identify them, and know what to do in the event of one, are a strong defence against potential information security threats, which thrive on ignorance.
Attend this free webinar to learn effective strategies of upholding business information security
On Thursday, the fifth of November EST, at 11am to 12pm, Anitech, in conjunction with SEMMA, is hosting a free webinar on developing effective information security practices for your business. Titled The Importance of Information Security in the Workplace, it provides an introduction into the issue of business information security, why it is so important, and some strategies that organisations could implement to help them protect the Information security of their business in both the digital and physical environment. By attending you will get an overview of the changing nature of business information security, how potential threats are constantly evolving with new technology, and an overview of some strategies you can implement to help stay one step ahead of potential threats.
To attend, please click here to sign up for free. By registering you are taking the first steps to keeping your business safe from a whole range of potential information security threats, and demonstrating to your staff, customers, and clients that your business is safe, secure, and socially responsible. What could be a safer prospect than that?
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