Working while on vacation can put you and your company at risk from an attack!
Written By: Geoff Williams, CEO & President, 3Ci Global Solutions & CMTV – Coast to Mountain Television
Many employees feel the need to check work emails while on vacation. Those who can’t seem to unplug need to understand the importance of using a secure connection to avoid compromising business security and confidentiality.Recent evidence shows:
- 31% of people have used free Wi-Fi hot-spots and 24% admitted to using them to access work emails and documents.
- 28% admitted to emailing work documents to and from their personal email address.
- 10% have used free USB charging points at airports and stations.
- 28% said that they had never received any cyber security training.
- 18% confessed to connecting their cameras to work computers to import photos.
- 15% admitted to using shared USB sticks and memory cards with their work computer.
Using an unsecured connection poses risks due to the lack of security, therefore making it easier for cyber criminals to access emails and passwords. Sending work-related emails to personal email accounts creates security problems as personal email accounts carry a lower security threshold than work email accounts. Did you know that using free charging points carries risks because they have the ability to transfer viruses and malware unbeknownst to users?
3Ci discovered research that shows one third of employees use free Wi-Fi at locations such as at airports, hotels, coffee shops and bars, despite these being unsecured and are open to communication interception by cyber criminals. This alone is risky but is further compounded with the widespread practice of employees emailing documents to their private email on their own devices, where security is invariably lower, and as such can open your organization to potential attacks.
Where it is unavoidable, businesses should ensure there is training, and clear guidelines to be followed. This training is particularly important, as many employees are not knowledgeable on the multitude of ways their devices can be infected with viruses and malware.
My advice is simple: learn about the dangers of email usage AND I think the most important, recharge that critically, important personal battery while on vacation…. that being you. Learn to switch off that phone, laptop, iPad and relax.
We all carry busy lifestyles; therefore it’s no surprise we have to learn to take time out for ourselves and sharpen our own saw by including it within our personal time management best practices and make it part of our daily lives.
Not only will you be re-energizing your body and mental capacity but equally possibly saving your company from a cyber-attack and importantly saving yourself from a heart attack!!
Please visit www.3ciglobalsolutions.co.uk for more information on how we can help, and/or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our consultants will contact you to confidentially discuss your circumstances.