Give employees the technology they want or accept cyberthreats to abound

Give employees the technology they want or accept cyberthreats to abound

The Internet is a dangerous place for companies to operate these days. However, most organizations simply don't have a choice when it comes to using the Web. It's a necessary tool that is being used to power virtually all functions in the corporate world. 

Even the simple act of communicating is becoming more Internet-centric. With VoIP systems, instant messaging and other unified communication (UC) contact channels becoming more popular, the Internet is now a major collaborative force for organizations. 

However, cyberattacks continue to abound, threatening companies that are active in the online sphere. 

According to a recent report from Symantec, nearly one-third of hacking instances are targeted at firms with fewer than 250 employees. That means that small businesses need to take the necessary steps to combat cyberattacks, just as much as large corporations do.

Startup leaders may believe that because they have fewer resources than their corporate counterparts, their internal systems are not as vulnerable. However, most small companies also have less-stringent security measures in place, meaning many hackers focus on these organizations. 

Due to the fact they have fewer financial resources, many small business owners might think that they are unable to put the right tools in place to combat hackers. That's simply not the case, as a large portion of threats arise due to internal actions. In most instances, these threats are not intentional, rather they are a result of poor security practices on the part of employees, which is why they are so common. 

Unapproved IT at fault
In fact, IT security firm Securicom listed internal threats as one of the three reasons why cyberattacks are proliferating. A similar report from harmon.ie backed up the assertion that employees are responsible for a large portion of attacks. Despite 87 percent of employees admitting that their organization had policies in place prohibiting the use of unapproved IT services, 41 percent knowingly ignore these restrictions, the source indicated. 

As a result, the deployment of rogue IT technologies is on the rise. This may be a result of employees simply not having access to the enterprise-grade tech tools they need in the modern corporate world. To limit such deployments of rogue instances in the future, small businesses should invest in quality UC solutions. This way, workers will be less tempted to download consumer-centric services that may not be secure. 

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