We are all more aware about cyber security as both the nature and quantity of threats are continuing to increase. However, even though we take several precautionary measures to secure our office network and servers, we are often lax when it comes to the workstations. The security of these devices is left to the mercy of an anti-virus software, that is more than likely to be outdated.
However, this lack of attention makes it very easy for an attacker to inject malware such as a virus, ransomware, or spyware into the workstation of an unsuspecting employee. Keep in mind that an employee devices likely contain a huge amount of confidential data, both personal and professional. By not implementing adequate security measures, you are risking the loss and misuse of this data.
Let us see how you can prevent this, and what steps you can take to secure your office workstations -
Limit physical access to the device
This is one of the foremost and the most basic precaution you need to apply. If anyone can approach the workstation, an unauthorized party can simply walk up to it and insert a malicious USB. As far as possible, limit the access of the device to only its owner and the IT team. Do not share your system with anyone else unless it is absolutely necessary.
Use strong passwords
Again, this might seem like a very basic step. However, we have observed that many organizations share a common password among the employees, which is very easy to guess. Make sure that each and every employee has a unique, strong password; you also need to encourage them never to leave their systems unlocked when they leave their desk.
Purchase devices with a strong security suite
These days, many computing devices, like the HP Z series Workstations, come standard with a strong security suite to prevent data breaches. From self-encrypting drives to a hardware-enforced, self-healing protection, they protect your data and keep your critical applications running even if malware tries to crash them.
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