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4 Low-tech Data Threats For Small Businesses

When business owners think about cybersecurity threats, they typically think of malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, hacks, and data theft.  While all of these are legitimate and scary threats, some go unnoticed because they are low-tech threats. To ensure your business doesn’t forget about data threats, we will take a look at how to mitigate them below. 

Physical Access

Many businesses use physical access items like key cards to restrict, log, and provide access to entryways, different departments, and even company infrastructure. But what happens when the cards are lost or cloned? 

Whoever did this will have the same access that the original owner did, and they can do anything they want, especially if they can access crucial systems and infrastructure. Businesses can protect against these threats by asking for multiple authentication options at crucial points. 

For example, they can ask employees to swipe their cards and enter a password before entering the facility. They can also ask for the card and an additional password to log into computers and specific networks. 

Physical Theft as Data Threats


Any data stored on portable hardware should be adequately protected from unauthorized access. This could be data written down in a notebook, stored on a tablet, or stored on a hard drive. All of these items are very easy to steal, and this could end up causing a massive data breach if it happens. 

Businesses should ask employees not to write important information on notebooks. If they use tablets and hard drives for storage, they should add adequate security measures, including passwords and encryption, so the data they contain becomes useless to whoever steals it.  

Lastly, businesses should restrict network access to devices that can be lost or stolen. By doing this, they ensure anyone who steals a tablet or laptop has the physical device but no access to company networks. 

Digital Theft

With computers and their USB ports becoming faster over the past few years, copying data from one device to another has become much easier. These faster speeds mean malicious actors can steal data digitally using flash drives or portable hard drives. 

Cybersecurity threats are also becoming more sophisticated, which means the threat of losing data through file transfers, emails and hacks is an even more serious concern than it was a few years ago.  

Businesses can protect themselves by securing their networks and restructuring USB usage. They can also use compliance automation software to ensure their infosec policies work as expected, data is secure, and the business passes the necessary audits when the time for one comes. 

Data Threats Through Computer Monitors

With how fast smartphone cameras have become, it now takes a second to take a photograph. If a worker walks away from a monitor displaying important information, it will also take the same amount of time to photograph and steal the data. 

Businesses should train employees to never leave their displays on and showing sensitive data when they walk away. They can also use screensavers that lock the devices quickly or use a key combination to prevent this type of data loss. 

Data theft and loss do not have to be sophisticated because, unfortunately, low-tech attacks are still a threat and work relatively well for what they are. Businesses should know what they are and how to protect themselves against them to avoid potentially costly consequences. 

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