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What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security (or information technology security) is a technological process that aims to protect systems, networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access. It is implemented in different industries to secure sensitive and confidential information such as finances, corporate processes, patient information, and government and military tactics.

What is a Cyber Security Checklist?

A cyber security checklist is used by IT teams to record the status of cyber security controls such as policies, standards, and procedures. It helps identify and detect malicious activities such as unauthorized access and device malfunctions to prevent IT incidents in the workplace. Failure to perform regular cyber security checks can result in revenue and integrity loss, regulatory fines, or worse, business closure.

This article features (1) Overlooked cyber security risks in the workplace; (2) a digital tool that can help IT professionals conduct cyber security checks; and (3) free digital checklists you can download and customize to help maintain a secure workplace.

Overlooked Cyber Security Risks in the Workplace

As the organization progresses it becomes exposed to more threats, vulnerabilities, data breaches, and ransomware attacks that are often overlooked by employees. Non-compliance with regulatory cyber security checks often leads to costly expenses, data loss, penalties, and customer defection. Below are examples of cyber security risks that are easily spotted but often overlooked:

Unupdated Operating Systems and Antivirus

The operating systems and antivirus software must be up to date and performing to its highest capacity to avoid extensive damage. Software and system updates are usually scheduled and automated. A notification is sent to each device within the organization, but employees tend to delay the update which can cause a bigger problem.

Unfollowed Password Policy

Allowing different employees to use another employee’s access is not a good practice. When data leakage or error happens it would be difficult to track down the root cause. Changing passwords regularly is a must for every employee to avoid issues with access and data ownership. A complex password is recommended but sometimes neglected by employees because complex passwords are harder to remember. It is necessary to have a strong password that consists of alphanumeric and special characters with a combination of lower and upper case letters to protect your data from hackers.

Negligence in Proper Disposal of Data and Equipment

Employees’ negligence in following the Federal Trade Commission disposal rules, i.e., “proper disposal of information in consumer reports and records to protect against ‘unauthorized access to or use of the information,’” can cause penalties for your organization. Failure to regulate proper disposal procedures can lead to information leakage and unauthorized data recovery.

Lack of Cyber Security Awareness Training

Organizations should implement cyber security awareness training to keep employees up to date and knowledgeable on different forms of cyber security threats such as malware, phishing, cryptojacking, and more. Cyber attacks are designed to damage your computer systems and disrupt operations.

Lack of a Breach Response Plan

A breach response plan is important to every organization because it prepares the company for any cyber security incidents. It enables the company to respond immediately and implement corrective actions to mitigate the risks. Employees must be aware of “what to do after an incident” to avoid data breach.

Addressing these overlooked items can help eliminate cyber security threats in the organization. The use of technology helps IT professionals conduct cyber security checks in the workplace.

Technology for Conducting Effective Cyber Security Checks

Performing regular checks is necessary to keep the organization’s systems up to date. Using pen and paper is burdensome for IT teams and can sometimes lead to missed inspections due to lack of notification. A mobile inspection app like iAuditor by SafetyCulture can help IT teams perform cyber security checks with a handheld device. iAuditor allows IT teams to schedule audits and set notifications so that no cyber risks assessment is ever missed.


Jona Tarlengco

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jona has been part of SafetyCulture for more than 2 years contributing her experience in writing quality and well-researched content. She usually writes a topic about risks, safety, and quality.