Physical security is more than security guards. It includes CCTV surveillance, protective barriers, locks and access control. Because the physical theft of computers, laptops, portable electronic devices, electronic media and paper files is one of the most common data security breaches, having good physical security practices in place can often be all that’s standing between your business and a major data breach.
Not so long ago the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hit the headlines when it emerged that sensitive unencrypted data pertaining to 26.5 million discharged veterans and their families had gone missing. The data was stolen from an employee who had taken it home even though he did not have permission to do so. The cost of preventing and covering losses from the data breach was estimated to be between $100 million and $500 million.
Unfortunately, this story is not a one-off. Employee-related data breaches are on the rise. Intentional employee data theft or data destruction is one of the biggest cybersecurity threats, and usually takes place in the run up or just after an employee’s contract has been terminated. Unintentional employee-related data breaches, such as the Veterans Affairs breach, are also common and are the result of careless or reckless behaviour. And, though less common, people outside of your business – competitors, activists and criminals – may also stand to benefit from stealing your data.
The responsibility of businesses to maintain security over client data is high. Here is an overview of some of the responsibilities from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Good physical security practice will reduce the possibility of data security breaches occurring. Businesses dealing with sensitive data should:
If your organisation regularly deals with sensitive data, you may want to consider professional corporate security or office security. Having uniformed guards on-site to monitor CCTV, manage access control and rapidly respond to any security issues will not only deter criminals but will also increase the likelihood of any breaches being disrupted if/when they occur. A good security provider will integrate with your organisation’s culture and work in tandem with any existing security procedures to keep data maximally protected.
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