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IT Security Tip #8: The #1 threat to your security is…

IT Security Tip #8: The #1 threat to your security is…

YOU! And your employees.

Like it or not, human beings are our own worst enemies: inviting hackers, viruses, data breaches, data loss, etc., through seemingly innocent actions we take every day online. In most cases, this is done without malicious intent – but if you, as a manager or owner aren’t monitoring what websites your employees are visiting, what files they’re sending and receiving, and even what they’re posting in company e-mail, you could be opening your business up to a world of hurt.


Because employees’ actions can subject your company to monetary loss, civil lawsuits, data theft and even criminal charges if they involve (accidental) disclosure of confidential company information, PII, PHI financial and other protected data.

One thing you can (and should) do is configure your firewall to document and monitor which websites users are visiting. Almost all enterprise-level firewalls have this ability built in; you simply need to configure it and monitor the reports (something your IT partner or we can certainly help you with).

But it’s up to you to set the rules, write it into an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), TRAIN employees on what is and isn’t acceptable and then get them to sign the AUP.

If you need help or are not sure where to start with all this, call Meeting Tree Computer today. Not only can we help you implement proper security measures and create a customized acceptable use policy for your staff, but we can also provide training on the topic.

You can reach us at 845-237-2117, or schedule some time to talk here:

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