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June 24, 2014
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A recent story posted at Business News Daily discussed a comprehensive list of ways to improve IT security in 2014. While much of the article explains different IT-specific recommendations, the last two points address employees (“Your security plan should be confidential, but that doesn't mean you keep it a secret from your own staff.”) and corporate culture.
“Make it clear that security is everyone's job. You'd be surprised how seriously employees will take security when they find out it is part of their performance evaluation. Let them know the boss is watching, and that IT security also means job security.”
Actually, making data security a measured part of everyone’s job makes sense – and underlines the importance of bringing all employees on board. Whether employees are writing a report at their desktop, keeping in touch via mobile device, taking notes during a customer service call, or following a printed agenda in a meeting, it is critical that they are aware of the information they are handling and what risks – and damages to the business – could occur if it were lost.
The average cost of a data breach to a company, according to the Ponemon Institute 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, sponsored by IBM, was $3.5 million in U.S. dollars. This was a 15% increase compared to what it cost last year.
Here are 9 ways to improve data security in the workplace – and help reduce the risk of a data breach.
For more information about data security, read the State of the Information Security Industry.
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