What’s Lurking on Your Users’ Desktop?
In a recent article, ‘Securing Government Desktops’, from Belkin Government (registration required to download the white paper), there has been a rise in desktop security incidents by 680% of the past six years. Now, it is the government so I suppose they have quite a few desktops, and 680% is a huge number and does cover the past six years. However, it’s an important part of security for all organizations. Think of how many security breaches, some very detrimental, have been due to downloads of confidential content to a desktop. Seventy percent of businesses use spreadsheets for critical business decisions, but fewer than 34 percent apply governance or controls to them. It is certainly worth security consideration.
76.3% of enterprises experience at least one incident each month where a third-party gains access to a corporate cloud account via a stolen or guessed password. The average company experience 5.1 incidents each month. Skyhigh found that the average company has a shocking 143 files stored in OneDrive that contain the word “password” in the filename.
More education and training for end users? Management developing and/or enforcing policies? All good, but not good enough. We humans have an unusual knack of working around things. I wonder what the real chances of someone using confidential information on their desktop for nefarious purposes are? But is it worth taking the chance? Maybe yes, maybe no.
With security a rising concern, does your organization care what’s on the desktop? If yes, what do you do to identify and protect confidential information? Then let’s add BYOD into the mix.