With technology driving business growth, more companies are implementing bring your own device policies in the workplace. Almost 2 in 3 IT professionals believe employee carelessness is connected to major data breaches that exposed customer information, according to a study by IT security firm Check Point. With the risk of employees causing data breaches of customer and corporate information, employers should consider potential problem areas that could leave sensitive details vulnerable.
Here are five unseen employee behaviors that could cause data breaches:
1. Browsing on Social Media
Compared to other distractions at work, social media might be one of the most dangerous for cybersecurity. About 36 percent of respondents log into their computer to look at social media sites, according to a survey by GFI Software/Opinion Matters. While browsing through a friend's post online looks harmless, massive data breaches in the past have been caused by social engineering attacks.
2. Shopping Online
The same GFI Software said about one-third of all respondents used their work computers for online shopping. Since online shopping retailers store financial information, cyberattackers may target these sites to steal information through unsecured connections and look for unencrypted information. People browsing on the Internet for purchases might also click on a link to a malware-infected site or suspicious websites requesting their credentials.
3. Downloading Games on Business Devices
Although there are tons of games available online, many of these apps might be malware in disguise. Fake games were a major source of malware infections, especially on third party app stores that are not equipped to scan for malicious software, Forbes reported.
4. Uploading Corporate Documents with Unsafe Connections
With more employees spread out in different branches, hubs and more, online collaboration has increased in importance. Employees often upload corporate documents to share and get input from their colleagues. However, when these connections or websites are not completely safe, cybercriminals could get their hands on this information. Firms should ensure employees send employees through Wi-Fi connections that are absolutely secure.
5. Not Telling the IT Department of Threats
While companies may or may not have policies that require employees to only to use their business devices for work, there are things that go wrong that may be remain reported. IT security professionals may be unaware of malware or other threats on mobile devices because workers may neglect to raise the alarm, which could leave threats undetected.