Collaboration apps are becoming increasingly popular as companies compete to get global talents in their payroll. Apart from making the workplace a connected place, you should be wary of cybersecurity risks that come along. In this article at Forbes, Otavio Freire discusses 3 cybersecurity risks around collaboration apps and how to mitigate them.
Collaboration Apps and Their Resultant Cybersecurity Risks
While collaboration apps can make you stay connected across the world, the same features can pose threats to your organization. A recent survey suggested that these apps were behind one-third of accidental workforce breaches. A lot of information is being shared through the platforms. Hacking these will make the company vulnerable, undoubtedly. Instead of banning progress, companies should learn to work around these cybersecurity risks and build a security framework. Following are the cybersecurity risks collaboration apps pose and how you can mitigate them:
Guard Not Up to Resist Malicious Content: Organizations know about email threats, so they have email security protocols in place. How many have a security system up for collaboration apps? Once hacked, cyber criminals can spread viral URLs, files, images, and IP addresses impersonating a worker. When this type of malicious content is shared on a common group, anyone clicking it will be attacked. Companies should partner up with security companies and take internal measures to combat such threats.
No End-to-End Encryption: While some go for end-to-end encryption, several allow executives to go through employee communication. Though you can record every conversation, it can raise a serious threat to all with a single data leak. Ensure employees know what data they can safely share on the collaboration apps. The compliance board should keep updating employees regarding desirable behaviors around collaboration apps. Increased awareness can reduce the possibility of data breaches significantly.
Accidental Misuse: Employees can still accidentally give access to malicious content in spite of all your security efforts. If attackers can successfully hack one of the proprietary devices, they can get access to the rest of the enterprise. Apart from educating employees, also be proactive in reviewing access rights regularly. Monitor chats and communication networks. Delete employee access credentials from the database as soon as a worker leaves the company.
To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/04/03/cybersecurity-chat-the-security-risks-of-popular-collaboration-apps/#639ff6753e1d