With a large portion of the world now working remotely, employees are now exposed to a huge range of potential security risks. This is due to many remote workers now being out of the security protocols found on company systems, as well as utilising new third-party communication and conferencing platforms, like Zoom, which SpaceX and Tesla’s Elon Musk is even weary of.
For this reason, individuals and businesses alike should be very conscious of how they share their data, especially when working from home on devices with sensitive business and personal information.
SA does have advanced legislation that covers how data may be used and what must be disclosed – one of the most important considerations is the Protection of Personal Information Act. However, scammers are known to strike at times of crisis, and this is usually when people and businesses are at their most vulnerable. It is, therefore, important for South Africans to not only rely on the law to protect their confidential information, as there are a number of unscrupulous operators out there and various ways in which data can be accessed or breached.
These are some of the precautions that businesses should be taking to manage cybersecurity:
At the rate that IT conventions and digital technology is changing, it can be difficult as a business owner to stay up to date with all your digital information risks and responsibilities. Going back to the previous point – if you know you collect client information and want to know how it needs to be protected and what the potential dangers are, consult the legal and technical experts that can best advise you on what solutions will keep that information secure.
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