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Why Businesses Need Protection from Their Own Employees

Employer and employee trust is a very important dynamic for businesses and without it business is a lot tougher – nigh impossible. However, even though you may think that you know your employees, there are often issues, as any established business owner will understand.

To be succinct, businesses need protection from their own employees – it’s that simple. This is more the case now than ever living in a world reliant on technology. Employees are often in the know about things that their superiors wouldn’t even know existed.

However, though this may be the case, these employers provide their employees with access to extremely critical information. Needless to say this places these businesses at risk of mobile security problems.

One of the most prominent areas this is changing is in the area of mobile security. With more and more businesses using apps, mobile software and means to perform their business, there is a lot more reliance on this area for commerce and business and mobile security solutions are a necessity.

In addition, so many business employees use these devices for personal communication, media and applications; as well as for business. The upside to this is that workers can perform tasks on their own hardware, from almost anywhere in the world. The downside is that there are potential security risks. The benefits really only come about when there is a secure working environment for these devices and the issues are mitigated. Otherwise, there can be problems.

It’s certainly worthwhile looking into solutions to such issues such as offerings from AdaptiveMobile.

The mobile sphere is still relatively new and many businesses are benefitting from it significantly. However, a lot still don’t realise the risks of a employee having that level of reign over such information in and out of work. This is why companies that use this approach need to ensure they have a quality level of protection against such potential issues for their tablets, smartphones, apps and any network that is connected to their business and that people have access to.

Here are some areas that personal devices can cause problems:

  • Employees often have access to the social media accounts of business in and out of hours and this can mean they can mistakenly or maliciously send followers and fans unsuitable emails. This can lead to significant issues and is often hard to undo.
  • Data leaks are also an issue. Many employees are connected to very important data via the cloud and so they can easily access very confidential information. This can lead to a whole host of problems.
  • Former employees are also a problem. A lot of businesses let employees go, but don’t always take the proper efforts to ensure that there are safeguards in place to prevent issues in the future. Ensuring former employees don’t have access to information or accounts they shouldn’t is often overlooked after they leave and this can be a significant problem.
  • Loss of devices is also an issue. If an employee loses a phone or tablet with access to confidential information and accounts, this can cause all sorts of problems.

These are just some of the problems caused by employees and reasons that businesses should make the effort to protect themselves from problems in this instance.

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By CWZ

Founder of Cyberwarzone.com.