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Security in the Digital Workplace

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As valuable and innovative as an intranet can be in the workplace, it’s not an invulnerable platform. As with all online software, threats like malware, phishing, spyware, and Trojan Horses are a constant security threat. But while hackers constantly work to exploit system weaknesses, thankfully there are developers creating new security measures to keep the digital workplace safe. Here are a few ways to ensure your company’s digital defenses are fortified.

It may seem like an obvious choice, but ensuring you have a strong password is a crucial element to keeping your work accounts safe. Using a variety of capital letters and numbers like many sites suggest is one way of doing this, but a more efficient and advanced approach is password protection. Savvy digital workers use different passwords for each account, and make cryptic, random passwords that are a series of jumbled characters. By keeping your passwords multifaceted and obscure, hackers will have a much more difficult time getting access to your account.

The cloud is a very popular way to make project information easy to access for everyone, but even with its nebulous nature it is susceptible to security breaches as well. A recent poll showed that only 13% of users trust their cloud providers to secure sensitive data. This fear isn’t unwarranted, as hackers always have the potential to launch DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, one of the most common threats in the digital space today. These attacks make a network inaccessible to its users by shutting it down with a flood of fake accounts all trying to access the page at once. The Cloud Security Alliance recommends having cloud service distributors communicate with company administrators to have a plan in case of such attacks.

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While most threats come from people far away, attacks from insiders are also common within your workplace. Those who’ve been already given access to your intranet can wreak havoc on your business if administrators do not have a strong foothold. By keeping regulations on how much access users have, authorities can help mitigate this issue. It’s also a good idea to promptly disable the accounts of former employees, who may hold a grudge and want to take your private company information to competitors.

Educating yourself on digital threats and their prevention tactics is becoming more and more essential. The SharePoint platform has a variety of strong security measures included in the cloud-computing security service, Microsoft Azure, which are built in to help mitigate risks and manage potential security threats in the system. One such security precaution is the ability to instate permission levels, where administrators can assign users a certain amount of restricted access, ranging from read-only content to site theme development. Giving your users different responsibilities between the sites and subsites of SharePoint gives everyone a specialized role and helps foster a digital workplace free of distrust. Through its ease of use, LiveTiles builds on SharePoint’s foundation and brings these security features to the forefront of its intranet system.

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