While it may be common to think of cyber-crime as only taking place through electronic means, it is important for employers to recognise that threats can attack from many different directions.
Many cyber-crimes are committed simply by a criminal gaining physical possession of an organisation’s information, data or property. Even a single laptop falling into the wrong hands can result in catastrophic consequences. Minimise your organisation’s risk by prioritising the following steps:
- Restrict access—In a place of business, it may be common for many different parties to come and go throughout the day. But, the wrong person gaining access to your premises can lead to stolen devices or a device with malicious software unknowingly being connected to your network. Require that all visitors and contractors check in at the entrance before allowing them any further access to the premises.
- Train staff—Employees must be properly educated on the threat of physical cyber-crimes. This training should include both on-site and off-site precautions. While at the workplace, instruct employees not to hold the door for or allow access to anyone who is not clearly authorised. If devices with access to organisational information are taken elsewhere, be sure that employees never leave them unattended.
The theft of a computer or an intrusion into the workplace is already a serious incident, but the potential damage can be exponentially exacerbated if the perpetrator is a cyber-criminal. Fortunately, proper precautions can significantly reduce the chance of falling victim to these crimes.
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