Well informed staff members assist vulnerability management


May 18, 2012

Forward thinking employers take the security of information assets as seriously as they do the protection of their commercial property and their staff members.

This is because – like other more tangible resources – the data collected and stored by a firm offers a range of value-adding opportunities that are unique to the business concerned.

Understandably this makes the collection and analysis of information from a range of sources a sound investment in future development – allowing managers to gain insight into market patterns and buyer behaviour that might otherwise slip by unnoticed.

Anonymous trend data in itself can seem fairly innocuous – after all, there are no names attached and the details used will be of little use to anyone outside the industry.

However, the proprietary nature of this information – or rather the planning resources it can provide – mean that it can be a target for malicious parties looking to disrupt the organization’s developmental capacities.

When these resources are combined with client details, account numbers or contact channels, the threat posed by the loss or misappropriation of these data stores grows even more.

This is because such attentions hurt not only the planning activities normally undertaken by managers but also have the power to damage the company’s hard won reputation.

Moreover, should the details be made freely available there is a very real chance that valued customers and clients could become the unwilling targets of endless spam campaigns and social engineering attempts.

This is why it is a good idea for managers to ensure that staff members are well informed of the role they play in actively enforcing vulnerability management.

Professional security audits can go a long way towards ensuring that employees are aware of how their behaviour and routines can be tightened to ensure that breaches are less likely to occur.

In addition these professional teams are able to offer sound advice on measures that can be used to restrict unauthorised access should a gap in the defences become known – reducing the potential for damage to brand image.

When combined with other strategic moves – such as training sessions and proactive feedback initiatives – businesses are able to keep staff members informed of the role they play in managing data security while also allowing workers to contribute to the safety of proprietary information.

This engagement is perhaps the greatest measure of employee commitment – as they feel like a valuable part of a team that is working together, rather than viewing due diligence as a chore to be avoided.

What is the situation in your organisation ? Have social engineering Assessments, vulnerability assessments and security audits identified issues that enabled you to address risk proactively. Or, has something happened that illustrated that something could have been done better?

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