facebook linkedin twitter

Computerware Blog

5 Reasons IT is Stressed About Security

5 Reasons IT is Stressed About Security

If you have an internal IT administrator, they might be pretty stressed about your business’ security. Why? Simple - there’s a good chance that they feel trapped in a few common situations. Let’s review some stresses that influence IT employees, negatively affecting your security.

“Wait, that’s my job, too?”

How busy is your internal IT staff - and how many people make up that team? It isn’t uncommon for these employees to be overworked… and when a security issue pops up, they often have additional responsibilities heaped on top of their already full schedule. Sometimes, they may be volunteered for certain tasks, or given additional titles.

Perhaps this person isn’t even an IT employee, but everyone turns to them because they seem to be pretty good with a computer.

The problem here should be apparent - there’s only so much that one person can do, especially when their responsibilities are of such importance to an organization. Therefore, while it can be tempting to lean on an employee that seems reliable, it can sometimes backfire into creating an employee who never has the opportunity to get any of their own tasks done.

“I can’t keep up!”

On a related note, it isn’t just internal responsibilities that an internal resource feels pressured to complete. Part of an IT specialist’s job is to keep apprised of developing threats and undergo regular trainings to keep sharp on the security end of things. This is no small feat on its own, and when combined with the often-growing list of things to do for the company directly, something often falls by the wayside.

This creates a two-fold problem… in addition to not being aware of developing threats, the IT resource doesn’t know to look for the solution to them. Even if the IT department prioritizes their security training, it is often at the expense of some other work responsibility - again, largely because there’s too much responsibility placed on each person.

“The IoT is too risky!”

As connected devices and other Internet-of-Things doodads are introduced into our lives, more of them will inevitably make their way into the workspace. While they may offer some convenience to the user, the IT specialist will likely have a very different impression of them. These devices are notorious for having sub-standard security, which has contributed to attacks like Mirai and many others.

While there are ways that these devices could be developed to be more secure in the future, this has not been prioritized by manufacturers - in fact, there are usually no records of any security testing whatsoever. So, despite the promise of these devices proving valuable in the professional environment, the lacking security is of great concern to IT specialists today.

“There are so many threats!”

It only seems natural that, when there is something that actively makes a job more difficult, an increasing amount of it can only be expected to increase stress levels.

This is precisely the situation that the IT specialist finds themself in. While we have already mentioned how an increase in threats creates more pressure on these employees, it warrants repetition - especially when one considers how these threats are shifting. Between the number of threats growing, and the rising number of devices in the workplace, cybercriminals have a greater opportunity to attack.

It doesn’t help that attackers are becoming more strategic, either. Their evolving tactics are leaving more businesses vulnerable, and attacks are happening more often. One of the biggest challenges for IT, however, is keeping the rest of a company’s users apprised and aware of the risks that are out there. This means that these users are opening up the company to attack without being aware of what they’re doing, certainly not the ideal security situation.

“It’s YOUR job, too!”

Unfortunately, one of the biggest stresses in any IT employee’s professional life is usually the people that they work with. There can often be the assumption that, since “security” isn’t a part of the job title, the rest of your staff doesn’t have to worry about security issues, that the IT resource will take care of it all. As a result, there can often be a lax attitude toward security best practices, like changing or sharing passwords and other basic security mistakes. This leads to a stressed-out IT team that has to run around, putting out fires.

Computerware can help take some of the stress off your internal IT resources, or can step in as a remote IT department, depending on your circumstance. Reach out to us at (703) 821-8200 to learn more.

Taking a Trip Through Data Privacy, Part I
Tip of the Week: Improve Collaboration With Proces...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Privacy Internet Cloud Business Computing Software Business Management Hackers Data Microsoft Backup Workplace Tips Hardware Managed Service Provider Productivity Network Security Business Email Hosted Solutions Saving Money Malware IT Services Efficiency Google IT Support User Tips Small Business Computer Innovation Mobile Devices Smartphones Quick Tips Gadgets Social Media Business Continuity Network Microsoft Office Productivity VoIP Disaster Recovery Android Data Backup Virtualization Collaboration Communication Mobile Office Server Smartphone Data Recovery Upgrade Mobile Device Management communications IT Support Miscellaneous Phishing Tech Term Cybersecurity Ransomware Windows 10 Facebook Unified Threat Management Windows Vendor Management Holiday Passwords Apps Operating System Remote Monitoring Managed IT services Automation Analytics BYOD Remote Computing Mobile Computing BDR Users Mobile Device WiFi Internet of Things Data Management Apple The Internet of Things Outsourced IT Marketing History Artificial Intelligence Firewall App Browser Alert Managed IT Services Save Money Encryption IT Consultant Cloud Computing Big data Windows 10 Bandwidth Maintenance Content Filtering Spam Office 365 Printer Going Green Two-factor Authentication Gmail Health Bring Your Own Device Help Desk Antivirus Office Best Practice Information Technology Managed IT Lithium-ion Battery Budget Training Virus Hiring/Firing Tech Support Hard Drives Saving Time Business Technology Wireless Technology Cybercrime Search Outlook Windows 8 Cost Management Healthcare Money Document Management IBM Access Control Customer Service Computers Phone System VPN It Management Networking Travel Recovery Employer-Employee Relationship Blockchain Education Update Hacking iPhone Save Time Law Enforcement Humor Compliance Data storage Running Cable Applications Proactive IT Augmented Reality File Sharing PowerPoint Hard Drive Managed Service Government Legal Website Twitter Mobility Intranet Regulations Administration Risk Management Password SaaS Information Business Intelligence Hacker Robot Digital Payment Project Management Telephony Vulnerabilities Digital Securty Router Downtime Machine Learning Websites Solid State Drive Telephone Systems Comparison Tablet Excel User Flexibility Company Culture Black Market Computer Repair Social Cryptocurrency Customer Relationship Management Social Networking Wireless Laptop DDoS Business Growth Data Security Google Maps Current Events Patch Management Social Engineering Data Loss Word Paperless Office Retail Scam Sports Cortana Computing Value Disaster End of Support Fax Server Management Data Breach Hosted Solution Avoiding Downtime Cooperation Chrome Evernote Virtual Assistant Processors IT service Vendor Taxes USB Pain Points Microchip Start Menu Tech Terms Computer Accessories Presentation Distributed Denial of Service Bluetooth Mobile Technology Specifications Safety Virtual Desktop Public Cloud Trending Software as a Service Uninterrupted Power Supply Mouse Vulnerability Documents Identity Theft Google Docs Distribution Entertainment Bitcoin Programming Heating/Cooling Experience Gaming Console Statistics Monitors Conferencing Voice over Internet Protocol Network Congestion Data Protection Cleaning Storage Windows 7 Text Messaging Politics Webcam Virtual Reality Office Tips Emails User Error Automobile Co-managed IT YouTube Monitoring Streaming Media Chromebook eWaste Unified Communications Settings Computing Infrastructure Hack Redundancy How To Lifestyle Inbound Marketing Private Cloud Net Neutrality Download Wireless Headphones Telephone Adminstration Pirating Information Knowledge Environment Books Workers Permissions Language Migration Connected Devices Bookmark Leadership Device Management Consultation HIPAA Wi-Fi Administrator Business Managemenet Electronic Payment Supercomputer Best Practives Network Management Content Management Technology Tips Competition Equifax Fleet Tracking Google Play switches Writing Microsoft 365 Audit Worker Music Device security MSP Processor Business Owner Fake News Microserver Nanotechnology Social Network Medical IT Reading Samsung Desktop Finance Browsers online Currency Data Warehousing IP Address Upgrades Emergency Hard Drive Disposal Human Resources Employer Employee Relationship LiFi Business Cards Service Level Agreement User Tip Access Application G Suite Startup Asset Tracking Security Cameras Microsoft Excel Hacks Physical Security Get More Done Unified Threat Management Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions Computer Care Licensing Username Navigation Upselling LinkedIn Turn Key Screen Reader Customer Resource management Professional Services Video Surveillance Relocation Tablets Work/Life Balance Printer Server Gamification Data Analysis Google Drive Windows Server 2008 Banking Botnet Deep Learning Skype Visible Light Communication Memory Trojan Piracy Upload Saving ZTime Archive Spyware Digital Signature Mobile Payment Sync Smart Tech GDPR Notifications CCTV IT consulting Fiber-Optic Database Integration Electricity Teamwork Printing Organize HTML Tech Telephone System Debate Point of Contact Reliable Computing Mobile Security Fileless Malware Harddrive Business Metrics Computer Malfunction Cost Modem GPS PDF Advertising Flash Software License Trends Proxy Server cache Television In Internet of Things CIO Multi-Factor Security Windows XP Fraud Tactics Electronic Medical Records Transportation External Harddrive WannaCry Best Available Downloads Keyboard Staffing Google Wallet Devices Term Displays Recording Analytic Corporate Profile Scalability Society Webinar UTM Content Directions Recycling Time Management Freedom of Information Domains Motion Sickness Legislation Error SSID 3D Ebay Product Reviews Messenger Tracking IT Plan Enterprise Resource Planning Dark Web Thin CLient Assessment SharePoint Public Speaking Micrsooft Tip of the week Rental Service Meetings email scam Addiction Health IT Employee/Employer Relationship Smart Phones Read Google Calendar Shortcut Drones Accountants A.I. Processing Logistics VoIP Entrepreneur Cabling Multi-factor Authentication Managed IT Service Touchscreen Troubleshooting News Web Server Capital Productuvuty Printers 3D Printing Managing Stress Regulation CrashOverride