With all of the recent cybersecurity breaches in the news, it's easy to get caught up in the "technical" side of information security. Sure, there is a lot of work to be done to keep your information safe from hackers and malicious software programs, however, there's another side to the coin, and that's physical security. Many offices don't enforce best practices for physical information security, and frankly may just not be aware of them.
So, time to put your knowledge to the test. Can you find the 13 security flaws in this picture?
So, think you spotted them all? Let's check your answers.
Computer screen left on with no password protection - passerby has access to information on the device
Unshredded files in trash could contain sensitive information
File cabinet open - easy for someone to steal sensitive information
Cell phone left out in the open - may display sensitive information and/or can be easily stolen
Notes left on whiteboard - could contain confidential product updates, information or ideas
Backpack left out and open
Usernames and passwords left out in the open
Key to locked drawer left out in the open - easy access to confidential files
Calendar out in the open - could contain sensitive dates and/or information
Credit card left out on desk
Documents left out on desk that could contain sensitive information
USB drive left out in the open
Wallet left on desk
While some of these may seem obvious, and some of these may seem redundant, it's important for all of your employees to understand where the company and/or personal data can be easily stolen. Maybe it's a repairman in your office who sees the opportunity to steal confidential personal data, maybe it's just an office visitor who glances over and sees confidential information out in the open. Either way, there needs to be someone to conduct cybersecurity training as well as physical security training to educate employees on security best practices.