With the economy shrinking rapidly most small businesses are looking to make savings and at least retain the business they have.
Unfortunately we all know where major savings can be made – reducing labour costs through redundancy. This is never easy for a business and it’s even harder on those on the receiving end of a P45.
One consequence of this of which all businesses need to be aware is that disgruntled employees may use security holes to take revenge. With more businesses having to take these drastic actions, Microsoft has recently warned that such malicious attacks are likely to increase.
A study last year by Verizon in the US found that insider breaches accounted for 18% of attacks.
Small businesses in particular are renowned for their “easy going” approach to security with many businesses using the same user name and password for all employees or extremely simple passwords such as the user’s surname. Whilst the staff are happily employed and focused on their work this seems a non-issue but if they feel badly treated then such basic security can often give them the freedom to inflict a huge amount of damage.
While insider attacks are lower in number, they can be more devastating because employees know where “the juicy stuff” is kept – unlike hackers who have to search for a company’s valuable assets.
These problems are easily prevented but most companies simply don’t see this insider threat. Our advice is to make sure you take your security seriously. Use secure passwords (ideally a mixture of upper and lower case characters and numbers – at least 8 characters long), limit access to the systems that employees need, immediately remove such access as soon as an employee is made redundant or sacked, and make sure your internet connection is secure.