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How A Single Security Lapse Can Derail Your Entire Career

Making mistakes on the job happens. After all, we’re all human. But there are some breaches that are so serious that they could derail your entire career. 

Here’s what you need to avoid: 

 

Using Corporate Passwords For Your Other Accounts

Using corporate passwords for your other accounts isn’t a good idea. Instead, separate the two. Use one set of passwords for things that you do at work, and another set for the things that you do outside of work. 

Remember, hackers now have vast repositories of saved passwords from all over the web. There’s a good chance that they could have yours and be actively using it right now to access company systems. 

Several companies have already fallen foul of these schemes, with some losing millions of dollars in the process. Don’t allow your company to become one of them. 

 

Reading Confidential Data

Part of working in business means having access to restricted or confidential data. However, if you read data you’re not supposed to, then you could be up for the chop. 

Networking professionals get into trouble with this all the time. They’re dealing with a system and then accidentally access files they’re not supposed to see. IT support logs the access and then bars the engineer from accessing the system again in the future. 

Therefore, reading confidential data is a big no-no. Make sure that you protect yourself in advance, ensuring that network managers restrict your access before providing you with login credentials. 

 

Failing To Close The Door

Most businesses have access control systems that allow people to sign in and out, without the need for anyone to provide security. Just a camera and a machine usually suffice. 

However, failing to close the door is a potential security hazard and something that you need to take seriously. If somebody were to walk in, it could breach the enterprise’s security entirely, leaving you at risk. 

 

Ignoring Security Events

Because security events usually vanish without a trace after a while (and nothing actually seems to happen), it can give you a false sense of security. However, once somebody breaches your security, they are liable to do it again, and cause more damage. 

Don’t ignore security events. That sort of thing could get you fired. Instead, log them and follow the proper protocols. Your enterprise should have instructions in place to guide you through the process. Make sure that you work with your colleagues to seal any holes in network security and ensure that the business as a whole remains safe.

 

Reducing Business Functionality

In some cases, your attempts at improving security can result in reduced business functionality. Members of the team can’t access the documents, resources or areas they require to do their jobs. 

Again, when this happens, it can put you in trouble. Executives may decide that you’re more trouble than you are worth, and replace you with somebody else who has lower security standards. 

If access control is a problem in your organization, explain to the executives what’s likely to happen if they do not act. 

*Collaborative Post