This article was originally published on Wolf Technology Group blog.
Data can be considered the life blood of any business. Organizations must adhere to the best practices of digital data handling, especially since many businesses store personal data about their employees and customers. If hackers and scammers gain access to this data, they could try to sell it on the black market.
A report published by Intel Security suggests that 43% of all data breaches are caused by users. By training your users on how to properly handle digital data, your business can become proactive in its fight to defend your customer's personal identifiable information (PII) from prying eyes.
#1.) Provide Training for Your Users
Unfortunately, end users are to blame for a large portion of data breaches. It is important to train your employees on the data security safeguards put in place by your IT staff.
Training your employees on how to properly handle data can help prevent an unintentional data breach. Hackers and scammers have become bold in executing their exploits; social engineering techniques are commonly used to trick employees into handing over private information.
"The weakest point in any security program is people; namely, the insider. Insider threats can be malicious; but more commonly, they are accidental," writes Philip Casesa in the whitepaper Securing the Weakest Links: Insiders.
"Insiders can have ill intent, they can also be manipulated or exploited, or they can simply make a mistake and email a spreadsheet full of client information to the wrong email address," Casesa concludes.