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4 Ways to Keep Your Work Environment Secure

4 Ways to Keep Your Work Environment Secure
Friday, 14th November 2014

Security in a data centre is a very serious issue, overlooking a minor detail could mean the difference between a secure data centre and a security breach. We can all perform certain tasks during our working day to ensure that there are minimum chances for security becoming compromised.

System Passwords

Passwords provide the first line of defence against unauthorised access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should make sure you have strong passwords for all accounts on your computer.

Password documents should also be kept to a minimum and necessary precautions should be taken to secure them. If printed, all relating material should be destroyed once they are no longer required.

Keep your office environment safe

Try to adhere to the clean desk policy before, during and after every working day. Make sure any unnecessary documents are kept in a secure/locked place whilst encouraging others to follow suit.

Controlling access to sites

Allowing unauthorised and unchecked access to sites may allow an intruder to cause damage to the premises, harm to individuals, steal valuables or access to sensitive data. Visitors requiring access to premises for legitimate business reasons e.g. clients attending appointments, engineers to install equipment, colleagues for meetings, must all follow the correct security procedures for that site. Don’t allow anyone to tailgate or follow you into another part of the building if it is unclear who they are.

Wearing a pass and or name badge at work helps to identify authorised members of staff and to identify and challenge people who should not have access. Plus, the requirement for visitors to sign in will avoid unauthorised access.

Communication

Communicating sensitive data is very often overlooked as this can be done without realising. When communicating over the phone, email or even face to face, try to consider who else could hear or see the information that you have just passed on or even received.

In future, before performing any of your normal working tasks, ask yourself, could this cause a negative impact to the security of our company?

We can all perform certain tasks during our working day to ensure that there are minimum chances for security becoming compromised.
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This article was written by Ali Shah. As a Service Desk Analyst at Blue Chip, Ali is quite often the first point of contact for many customer issues, putting him in a unique mix of customer focus and technical capability throughout his shift on our 24/7 service desk . Ali is also frequently involved in the day to day running of our Tier 4 Design Data Centre, which allows further interaction with customers and their I/P/N series or Intel systems.