Privacy, Security and Identity theft

This is why employee training is a must!

by Cheryl Baumgartner Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical...
I can't tell you how many times I talk to a business owner that thinks they have taken reasonable measures to prevent identity theft by implementing 'electronic' security measures.  IT is an integral part of a good security plan yes, but it is not the total plan.
The best electronic security program in the world is only as good as the people using it.  Employees are an open door for hackers.  The human element is the wildcard.  Companies have to shut and lock that door.  That can only be accomplished through a written security policy combined with employee training added to your IT measures.
Employees may not just be opening up themselves and their co-workers to identity theft, but the company itself!  Any organization, association or business that has 'employees' must train those employees.  They must stress the importance of protecting information and properly using the IT solutions.
Don't believe it? Then just read this article.  A business and a Catholic Diocese were hit.  Simply clicking an e-mail allowed hackers to download a Trojan virus that allowed them to collect in excess of $1million from the two.  And even though the wire transfers were totally out of character in the case of the business the bank allowed them.  And the bank says it's not their fault-the employee gave the hackers the key.
Nov 23rd 2010 10:37


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