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Sir, defend thyself

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As a rule, an anti-virus is installed on every corporate machine. But Doctor Web sales statistics, as well as information gathered during meetings with system administrators, show that if employees work from home, their home desktops and laptops, as well as their mobile devices, are going unprotected. And that’s sad. An employee is working with corporate documents on his laptop during a conference, and when questioned about the security of his personal computer, he responds that it doesn't require protection because his company prohibits employees from using personal devices.

There are many reasons for such restrictions. They include lowering expenses and needing to comply with existing legislation. Закон «О персональных данных» требует защищать все ресурсы, где обрабатываются персональные данные. If confidential information is stored on a device, a company may be required to introduce additional security measures. It’s obvious that the risk of data leaking at home is higher than in a protected corporate environment. Meanwhile, protecting personal computers will cost as much as maintaining security in the office. On top of that, administrators will have to deal with the most diverse hardware configurations and make sure that the machines are accessible at all times so that if any security incidents occur, issues can be addressed promptly. And no administrator is looking for extra work.

But that's not all, of course. It's no secret that many office workers also attend to their personal matters at work. How secure are the files they receive from their friends?

Netwrix, which offers solutions for auditing changes in IT infrastructures, released its 2017 IT Risks Reports.

Only 26% of companies are ready to deflect hacker and malware attacks

  • As many as 74% of companies indicated they weren't fully prepared for malware attacks. The main reasons given: they lack funds to purchase security software (57%) and don’t have time to control and monitor events (54%).
  • Most organisations (89%) only use basic IT security solutions.
  • 65% stated that they experienced data leak issues in 2016. The incidents were caused by human error and malware.
  • 66% of companies admitted that they regarded their staff as the biggest risk to data security. However, less than half of them (36%) control employee activities within their corporate environment.


The WannaCry outbreak showed that even the largest companies disregard security updates and neglect the most basic security measures.

Alas, any personal data you have on your office computer is likely to be at risk.

#corporate_security #BYOD

Dr.Web recommends

As a rule, ordinary employees can't make their companies tighten security. That's why the best way to keep safe is to take charge of your own security.

And, if you have to maintain a diverse array of employee-owned hardware and software, Doctor Web recommends that you give the Dr.Web Anti-Virus Service for business a try.

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