Two Birds With One Stone: Protect Your Business’s Data and Keep Employees Productive

At one point or another, you need to hire an employee in order to offload some of the tasks that are keeping you from growing your business. Before you know it, you could have 10 or 20 employees working for you. Even if an employee or prospective employee has a great track record of proven performance, they might have other habits that could leave your corporate data at risk.

Imagine you have an employee named John. He’s a good employee. Shows up on time and always gets the work done before the deadlines. Little did you know, he is also a porn addict. When no one’s looking, he browses the internet and visits adult sites on your computers and on your network. Don’t think this could happen at your company? A survey from the International Data Corporations revealed that 70% of web traffic to internet pornographic sites occur during work hours, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

As you know, adult websites aren’t known for being the safest places on the internet. Getting a virus or malware could lead to serious financial and security consequences! Especially if your consumers’ data is stolen from your servers.

Not to mention the possibility of John getting his identity leaked. This could lead more sophisticated hackers to use that information to extort or blackmail (sextortion) for even more sensitive data. With this technique, any ordinary employee could reveal sensitive company data. This is no surprise considering 60% of security breaches happen from inside a company.

Content Filtering

The key to preventing this unwanted behavior and protecting your business is content filtering. With content filtering, you can control what websites can or cannot be accessed on your computers and network. Even if someone is connected to your Wi-Fi with their mobile device, their content will be limited to what you allow. This helps protect your computers from costly repairs due to viruses or malware and keeps your team focused on what they need to do.

Even if you have content filtering in place, it needs to be managed. Hackers are always looking for ways to side-step security. If your content filtering is not up-to-date, the new threats have more chances to get through. When you sign up for Business Data Services’ Managed Service, you can stay up-to-date on security patches in order to protect your business.

Every minute your employee spends on social media is a minute you’re paying them to be unproductive. Interested in how your content filtering and security stacks up? Call Business Data Services at 913-239-0368 to find out if you qualify for a FREE IT Assessment. This 30-minute assessment can show you gaping holes your IT provider is leaving open and whether your employees are possibly accessing porn sites on your dollar.

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