4. Not educating network users


Your network’s security can be compromised in an instant by clueless users. There are so many ways to inadvertently compromise a network:

  1. Leaving sticky notes with usernames and passwords stuck to the computer.
  2. Leaving computers logged in and unattended.
  3. Turning off virus scans.
  4. Opening suspicious e-mail attachments.
  5. Visiting the seedier parts of the Internet.
  6. Talking to the wrong people.
  7. Letting unsupervised strangers wander about the building.
  8. Plugging in flash drives containing malware.

Taking the time to educate users to be aware of security dangers, not only increases network security, it also ultimately reduces the network administrator’s workload. It’s well worth the effort to make users aware of potential dangers and how to avoid them.


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