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5 Steps to a Safer Workspace

Posted on 12/22/2016 by Pearl Technology
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Do you want to know one of the simplest and most overlooked security controls you can implement? Clean your desk!

Take a look around your desk and do these things:

  1. Remove your day planner, calendar, or Rolodex
    Store these in a safe, locked drawer. These items probably contain personal and professional information, passwords, and notes.
  2. Secure personal effects, including bank statements or checkbooks
    It only takes a few seconds for someone to steal a bank statement or checkbook. Keep these things under lock and key whenever you are not using them. Your home may be secure, but work might not be!
  3. Don't leave your keys, cell phone, and building access card out
    Cell phones can be stolen. Keys give intruders access to restricted areas. Stolen cards can be used for after-hours access to the building.
  4. Lock your computer
    It only takes about 3 minutes to plug in a USB stick and install a keylogger malware that captures all of your keystrokes. Don't rely on your organization's policy. Be proactive and take a few seconds to lock your computer if you'll be away from your desk. It will increase your desk security immensely. Plus, it keeps coworkers from offering to buy lunch for the entire office using your account!
  5. Safeguard your monitor
    Do you have an office? Have you turned around to see if your monitor is exposed to the window? This is one of the most overlooked controls I find. Many times, I've stood right outside customers' windows and have been able to record their screen as well as their keystrokes. Move your desk or use screen filters to prevent people from eavesdropping.

This isn't an exhaustive list by any means, but it will get you started.

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