Cybersecurity: It Starts at your Desk

Cybersecurity: It Starts at your Desk

Everyone has heard about the basics of cybersecurity like create a strong password and don’t open emails from a strange address but most people don’t mention where it all starts – at your desk. Good cybersecurity is just as much about your physical precautions as your cyber ones. Here are five tips to follow to ensure your security.

  1. First and foremost, all employees should be encouraged to maintain a clean desk. A messy desk promotes disorganization and confusion. With papers and other items scattered across a desk, an important USB may get lost, or even worse, stolen and by the time anyone realizes it’s gone it will be too late.
  2. Maintaining a clean desk will also promote productivity. When everything is organized and in its place, employees will be prepared for meetings, and will be able to confidently know where to look for something in particular. This cuts down on wasted time searching for things. Plus, having a clean space will deter anyone from snooping around your area as it will be too obvious if something were to go missing.
  3. Usernames and passwords should never be written down on slips of paper or post-it notes. Items like these will typically be left on a desk making it far too easy for someone to walk past and memorize your information. This information should be stored in a protected document or application.
  4. Always remember to shred sensitive documents. Someone can easily rifle through the garbage and find client or credit card information and use it to their advantage. Shredding these documents makes it too much of a hassle for opportunistic thieves. If you’re not sure if a document should be shredded or not, take the safe route and shred it anyway.
  5. After meetings, any information that has been written on whiteboards should be erased. Often times, the information written down contains client information, new business ideas and sensitive numbers. There should always be someone present to take notes during these meetings, and then the information can be saved in a password protected document.

These are just a few of the many helpful tips you will find in our “Cybersecurity Tips for Employees” eBook. Not only will you find more tips for physical safety but also information on login protection, email threats, and mobile security. To download the complete eBook for free, click here.