Large scale data breaches are big news these days. While these types of security threats are a major concern, low-tech, physical data breaches are also capable of causing a significant amount of damage, and it’s important for businesses to consider both equally as part of their overall security strategy.

Cyber threats leave businesses vulnerable because they don’t know from where, or when a potential attack may occur, but there are a number of ways that data can be accessed a lot closer to home and unrelated to hacking.

Here is a list of low tech security threats to be aware of, and solutions to help defend against them.

  • Physical theft. Thieves love nothing more than the sight of an unsecured notebook, tablet, smartphone or other device containing confidential information. As part of your company security policy, enforce and remind employees to safeguard their devices both in and outside the confines of the office to prevent theft.
  • Multifunction printers (MFPs). Unclaimed print jobs, or original documents left behind are vulnerable to theft. As a part of your computer network, MFPs are also susceptible to unauthorized access and require the same level of security as other devices on the network.
  • Physical access. Prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing your facility, or designate secure areas with employee keycards or other technology.
  • Unsecured documents. Documents left in printer trays, on desktops, or in unlocked file cabinets are vulnerable to physical theft or copying.
  • Environmental concerns. Environmental alerts and monitoring can help prevent damage incurred from environmental elements such as water, fire, smoke, extreme heat or cold.
  • Energy issues. Damage and loss of data can easily occur during a power surge, interruption, or outage if proper power protection solutions are not in place.
  • Information on display. When viewing sensitive data on monitors, employees should be vigilant about protecting that data, ensuring screens are closed or locked before walking away from the device.

Although it is important to safeguard your company against cyber threats such as hacking, malware, and phishing schemes, it’s equally as important to protect against low tech security threats that can cause a great deal of damage to your information, reputation and bottom line. Contact us today to learn more.

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