April 28, 2016
There are still lots of questions about the Panama Papers, the massive leak of over 11 million documents related to the tax affairs of the world’s rich and famous.
At the same time, cyber security experts warn that this kind of scandalous data breach will happen again because the issue of protecting information from being leaked, hacked, and otherwise stolen is far from being figured out.
While there is so much focus on cyber security (and rightly so, with everyone’s reliance on computers), it’s also important to implement physical safeguards, including secure office storage.
In a recent post that revealed the top mistakes that lead to a security breach, cyber security provider Adeliarisk identified ‘not having a Clean Desk Policy’ as the third most common mistake (‘no encryption’ and ‘no laptop security training’ ranked 1 and 2).
What is a Clean Desk Policy?
The policy instructs employees to clear desks and offices at the end of every workday of visible information, and to be conscientious about protecting information throughout the day.
There is an increased risk of information theft, fraud or security breach when confidential information is in full view on monitors, paper documents on a desk, and even post-it notes. The 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report showed that 55% of theft in a workplace occurred within the victim’s work area.
Adeliarisk, which specializes in healthcare security, explained that patients might pick up information as they leave a work area, inside fraudsters (co-workers) might steal information that has been left out, or thieves may simply break into the workplace and steal it.
Here are some guidelines for implementing a Clean Desk Policy.
Don’t take chances. Commit to data security best practices in your workplace with a Clean Desk policy.