Information technology security has been a frequent topic in business this year. Not a month goes by without a major security event (BASH, Home Depot, etc.) entering the news cycle. However, the focus on security needs to shift from the technology side of the house to the user, administration and training sides. This is no longer an issue just for big companies. In the legal industry, over the last year, 71 percent of all attacks were on firms with fewer than 100 employees. By deploying best practices, policies and procedures for security measures, your firm can be proactive versus reactive to a security threat.
Earlier this year Cisco conducted its regular survey, in which respondents were asked what they feared from these new security threats. Over 80 percent answered that IT departments actually felt secure with the technology that they had in place, but they feared what end users might do, either intentionally (example: Edward Snowden) or unintentionally (example: CryptoLocker). The response was that, although IT departments are the focus of where to combat the new threats, it’s the actions of end users that are often the root cause of the problem.
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