Making your devices work for you

October 29, 2020

In some ways, our workplace devices are our favorite co-workers. But, if you’re not careful, they can also expose you to serious threats.

Like a lot of people, I have a love-hate relationship with my devices. They do so many things well like keep us productive and collaborative … yet they could expose us to dangerous risks.

Be on the Lookout for Social Engineers
That’s why you need to be mindful of how you’re using your devices, and who you’re connecting with. While collaborating with others, be wary of social engineering. In fact, 85% of companies are the target of social engineering attacks (Cost of Cybercrime | Accenture 2019). To ward off these attacks, make sure you confirm the identity of anyone making unusual email or text requests. Be careful about who you give your personal and corporate information to and report any suspicious activity to your supervisor immediately. This will keep you up and running … and safe.

Lock up Your Phone
Mobile devices can be a cybercriminal’s window into your organization. By implementing a few simple changes, you can keep yourself and your company safe. Make it a practice to implement a few simple actions, like not leaving your phone unlocked or unattended, keeping sensitive work information off your personal devices and following your company’s social media policy. All of these can go a long way in keeping you … and your company safe.

Just a Click Away
Cyber criminals can gain access so easily to our personal and corporate information. Often, with just one ‘wrong’ click. The costs can be huge and embarrassing. Did you know that malware attacks cost companies an average of $3.4 million each year (Cost of Cybercrime | Accenture 2019). That’s why you should always lock up your computer when you leave your desk, back up files to the cloud and contact your IT team before installing any new software.

Connect Safely
Office 365 and collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams have made it so easy to communicate, stay productive and simply do our jobs better. To ensure these tools continue to work for you, make sure to keep your passwords confidential, keep your systems up-to-date and never disable or uninstall your anti-virus apps.

Interested in learning more about the hidden vulnerabilities that could affect your business? Check out our blog on Today’s Top security threats to see what your company should be thinking about. 

Need help making your devices work for you? Give us a call or send us a note. We’d be happy to provide the support and guidance needed as you progress along your security journey.


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