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Employee Connected Devices Could Put Network At Risk

By July 9, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

EmployeeXConnectedXDevicesXCouldXPutXNetworkXAtXRiskSecurity company ForeScout has some disturbing new statistics about the state of digital corporate security. According to their research, 85% of IT professionals surveyed said they lacked confidence in their ability to spot a new device, imported by a user as it appeared on, and connected with the company’s network.

The danger here is that you can’t guard against threats you cannot see. Many of the devices brought in by employees lack proper security, and some devices lack any security at all. If these are connected to your company’s network, they provide an easy access point for any hacker looking to breach your security. As things stand now, the two biggest security risks are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) gear introduced to the network by employees, and the growing proliferation of IoT (internet of things) devices that collect and supply massive amounts of data. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been very good coordination between IT and the rest of the employees in most companies when it comes to devices of either category.

What should be happening is that if a new, unknown and unrecognized device is added to the network, it should alert IT immediately, and be shunted into a sandboxed part of the network with extremely limited access, until it can be assessed by IT for potential security risks. Once IT is satisfied that the device is properly protected, its status can be upgraded as appropriate. Unfortunately, that’s not happening, or rather, it’s not happening in a very high percentage of companies.

Do you know how many devices are attached to your network at any given point in time? Do you know if those devices are secure? Are they all trusted? Do they have appropriate levels of network access? These kinds of questions can literally make or break your business. If you’re not sure, and you need help getting a handle on it, call us today, and a member of our team can assist you in assessing the current state of your digital security, and make recommendations from there.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.