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The Two Biggest Security Risks

Security Risk resized 600When it comes to IT security, companies have become very serious over the past few years. It’s only right that this should happen; most experts agree that the biggest dangers that companies face, in terms of industrial espionage and even terrorism, are now electronic risks. If your company doesn’t have a handle on security, you can be putting the entire company at risk.

Still, when it comes to security, some of the biggest problem areas are also some of the most basic. In fact, the vast majority of IT security breaches come from one of two places. Let’s take a look at the two biggest risks to your IT security:

IT security risk #1: end-users

If you’ve dealt with IT security for more than a day, you know that simple measures would prevent the vast majority of attacks. As many as 90 percent of all security exploits have to do with end users that download and install things they shouldn’t. Whether it’s a scareware message, fake alert, or an actual virus, end users let all sorts of things in through the IT doors.

Dealing with the end-user risk requires a two-pronged approach. Sure, you need to secure the network and the workstation. That’s obvious. But the more important component is end-user education. You need to train your users to know what a real virus alert looks like, for example. Even elementary training can prevent a whole host of security incidents.

Delayed patching

The inability of IT to keep software patches current is the second biggest security risk to IT. The fact is that, once a hack is exploited, software companies are quick to plug the hole. If you don’t patch your software, however, the hole remains open.

You may not realize it, but this was actually a component to the recent Sony attack by hackers. There were web servers that had not been patched in a long time. Patching servers isn’t sexy and it isn’t exciting, but it needs to be a priority. Getting your server staff to prioritize patching can be a challenge, but facing the kinds of devastation that can occur without patching is a bigger challenge.

Making some basic changes in your organization as it relates to end-user training and patching can add layers of security to your organization today.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.