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There is no ignoring the buzz about BYOD, especially with a largely remote workforce for the foreseeable future. A BYOD policy can provide greater flexibility for employees and cost-savings for employers by allowing employees to access work-related networks or systems using their personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. While the benefits of BYOD are many (such as greater flexibility, convenience, collaboration, productivity, and work-life balance) there are some risks to consider before allowing outside devices onto the network.
Ransomware remains high on the list of cyber threats that organizations, both large and small, must prevent and respond to every month. A new bout of ransomware has rolled in with 2020, including sophisticated new threats that target both businesses and government institutions. The Beazley Group’s 2019 Beazley Breach Briefing found that small-to-midsized businesses are at the largest risk because they tend to spend less on information security.
Whether by accident or on purpose, employees are often the root cause of successful cyberattacks. Accidental publication of confidential information by employees and insider attacks have the greatest impact. Employers should constantly emphasize the critical nature of data security. Regularly scheduled refresher training courses should be established in order to instill the data security culture of your organization.
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