We live in a world where not only is risk all around us, but a lot of the decisions we make are based on this simple idea. If you take money out of an ATM in your neighborhood at night, you understand that the situation inherently has a greater degree of risk involved than if you’d have visited the same ATM during the day. You either accept that risk or make adjustments to your plan – this is not paranoia, this is common sense.
And yet, that level of “common sense” is what far too many businesses are lacking when it comes to the overarching concept of business security. Part of the issue is that people tend to look at “personal security” and “business security” as two entirely different concepts when, in reality, they are much more intertwined than you might realize.
Personal Risk and Business Risk Are Officially the Same Thing
Thanks to advancements in technology, it is now possible to run your entire business from your smartphone if you so choose. With file sharing, online storage and cloud-based SaaS enterprises, you can be just as productive sitting in an airport waiting area as you can in front of your desk in the office.
Now, what happens if you were to suddenly lose that phone? Say you take your eyes off of it for ten seconds and
someone uses the opportunity to steal it from you. It won’t just be identity theft that you have to worry about – you’ve just given someone with malicious intentions the keys to your entire business.
Many businesses are turning to BYOD or “bring your own device” situations to increase productivity with employees. The logic is that by letting employees bring their own devices to work, you can both cut down on the expenses required to give access to your systems and let them do it on a device they’re already comfortable with.
But what you might not realize is that every device that connects to your network, including that employee’s smartphone, is a potential vulnerability waiting to happen. If that person’s personal security is compromised, your business security is, too.
So, What Do You Do?
The answer to this question is simple: you need to understand that personal security and business security are the same thing and take a proactive approach moving forward.
It’s far too easy to ignore the business consequences of a digital attack or failure. In order to properly combat this, when running trainings or general education for your employees, you must relate personal security to business security whenever possible.
Simply put, both you and your employees need to understand that the luxuries we now enjoy in the digital age come with a potentially disastrous cost. Failing to properly secure your personal life could have potentially major ramifications on your business environment, and vice versa. Only by understanding how risk in one area affects the other will you have a chance to understand the types of situations you will now face and mitigate the consequences of these risks as thoroughly as possible.
- Thanks to the rate at which technology continues to advance, personal security and business security have officially become the same thing.
- When conducting training or educational sessions for your employees, you must always take care to relate personal consequences to the much larger, more serious business consequences whenever possible.