Your employees are like family. But, they can be a troublesome bunch. In fact, they could be compromising your company’s data and not be aware that they are doing this. Cyber security and data breaches are often at the forefront of every CEOs mind. You want to take stringent steps to ensure that you are not suffering at the behest of a PR scandal involving the loss of data. You can implement policies and procedures to prevent this kind of thing from happening. But, if you are not aware of how your employees are compromising your data, you are not tackling the problem head on.

Here are four ways that your employees are compromising your data. Now is the time to take action.

Emails Security Risks

Many employees send personal emails from their workstations. That’s fine. It’s when they start transferring company information to their personal emails that a problem ensues. Many IT support systems cannot prevent this from happening. After all, you cannot monitor everything. One of the best things that you can do, to prevent this is to have anti spam software installed in your office machines. This is one of the best ways to ensure that this problem is avoided. All emails that are sent from a Gmail or Yahoo account can be put into spam. This minimizes the risk from your employees.

Free and Easy Access of the Internet

Browsing the internet is one of the best ways to kill your lunch hour. But, your employees could be accessing a myriad of sites with very little concern of how these sites work. Make sure that your employees have restricted internet access. Ensure that they cannot access harmful sites. This will ensure that your data is not compromised in the long term.

Beware of the Cloud

Did you know that over 50% of employees use cloud software while they work? Your business cloud software may have all the correct security channels. But, personal cloud software like Dropbox is less than stringent when it comes to internet security. When an employee syncs data from Dropbox or iCloud on their business computers, they are syncing all the information within the computer too. This makes the information accessible for all. Personal security needs to be upped, so ban the use of these cloud solutions within your venture.



Opening Documents in Third Party Apps

More than ever, employees use their phones in the workplace. Their smart devices enable them to be more productive. They can work from home. They are more efficient. But, they are also using apps to download and transfer sensitive information from your company. Of course, they need to do this while they are working on the move. But, this is not great news for those that want to prevent data breaches.  Defining a robust VPN network is one of the best ways to tackle this problem. Request that employees use the correct channels and software when they are working from home. This is one of the best ways to safeguard your information.