Physical threats to Cybersecurity that you must address

October 30, 2019  |  Karoline Gore

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Over 90% of data breach is attributed to human error costing a company anywhere from $1.25 million to $8.19 million. Tackling cybersecurity does not only entail non-physical risks, but also includes an assessment of physical threats such as human, internal, and external hazards. Only then can an appropriate and effective security plan to dissuade hackers and thieves be devised.

Internal and External Risks

Internal dangers may include fire or unstable power supply. Another risk is humidity which can cause the appearance of mold that will damage data and equipment. Mold remediation and regular maintenance of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system are necessary to ensure that equipment is stored properly.

While lightning, flood, and earthquakes are difficult to predict, preparing a comprehensive risk assessment is the first step. A detailed plan on what to do if disaster strikes should be done including personnel training. For example, you can install back up power and lightning protection systems to secure computer rooms.

Theft, vandalism, and accidental or intentional errors can be averted by putting a security system. Surveillance cameras and continuous monitoring ensure that there are no intruders on the premises who can physically harm data and infrastructure. Video and event recordings offer valuable data to monitor sensitive locations.

Secure the Premises

Of essence is the protection of your physical security system to keep hackers and intruders away. An assessment of the risks and threats that might arise if the security system is compromised will prove useful.

To illustrate, intruders might take control of the door lock and CCTV systems or turn off video recordings.  Should the situation arise, make sure that your company has a backup plan to keep data systems safe or add another layer of security by hosting servers in different parts of the building.

Train Staff and Increase Retention

Staff training is very important to deter possible internal and external threats. Informing them what to do if there are incidents or any physical threat reduces work disruptions. Training also indicates that they are appreciated and will improve retention. According to the 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 94% of employees would stay at a company if it invested in their careers.

Each worker must follow a strict protocol when it comes to data handling and educating employees on cyber literacy helps in preventing data breach. Phishing scams and other attacks may be caused by human error such as downloading a malicious file unintentionally. 

​A comprehensive cybersecurity plan takes into account internal, external, and human risks. Without a profound understanding of every possible threat, any preventive action to avoid hacks and leaks is useless.

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