Security is a top-of-mind issue for every business. I can’t remember the last time I had a meaningful discussion with an IT professional or business owner who didn’t raise some question concerning it.

Security and productivity are two forces in a continual tug of war. Pull too hard in the direction of security and worker productivity is likely to suffer; pull too hard in the direction of productivity and security is likely to lessen. It is the balance between the two that business leaders and IT personnel strive to achieve, and it’s not an easy feat.

Cyber security is a game of outsmarting potential bad actors, both from the outside and, more commonly, unwittingly from within. In fact, a recent survey showed that 70% of business respondents think that employees are the biggest risk to the business, due to a lack of education and overall carelessness.

Internal security risks are high

For inside security measures, it is not analysing threats posed by malicious employees; it’s also analysing the potential risks posed by employees who unknowingly may expose the organisation. And since securing networks and information is only as good as its weakest link, IT professionals and business leaders need to consider everything from the network to servers, routers, devices, wireless connections, VPNs, file shares, cloud systems and email policies.

While most organisations have strong security and controls in place for networks, they cannot always effectively control content created by individual workers via core desktop software and email. In addition, how can companies ensure that this content is capable of being managed and secured, especially when shared outside of the organisation?

Security and privacy will continue to be challenging issues for business and government alike. The introduction of new security technology will continue to be followed by attempts to “crack the code” and capture data and information deemed critical. In fact, businesses are paying attention given that advanced malware protection and prevention is the No. 1 budget priority for businesses’ IT departments. Whether to foil those with malicious or unknowing intent, IT and business leaders will need to remain vigilant to provide the right balance between cyber security and worker productivity.

Source: Security Boulevard