What’s next for Office Security?

Security remains a major challenge in the current office. Companies and organizations continue to lose critical information to cyber theft and dishonest employees. While some office security options including use of passwords, backing up data, and physically protecting storage devices have worked fairly well, there is need for better intervention especially in detecting and preventing an attack.

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Here are a few possibilities

● Detecting suspicious actions using Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI-based technology will be used to monitor clues through posture and gesture analysis, stress analysis and direct measurement of temperature. This makes it easy to spot people acting suspiciously.

● Default encryption

Encryption is already used in offices to protect information systems. However, since people can’t be trusted to follow correct procedures/guidelines, default settings will be introduced on storage and transmission devices for increased protection.

● Worker friendly security policies

Workers are happiest when they don’t have to go through frisks and other security barriers to access resources. The future office will address this by involving the worker in establishing company security policies. This should bring to an end to “Onion” anonymity where workers run blogs or access websites behind the employer’s back.

● Controlling use of memory sticks

Memory sticks, even with their increasing usefulness, pose a significant threat in the office. The future office will develop policies on the use of such devices in the workplace.

● Increased surveillance

Among other things, you will be able to put a surveillance device into a macromedia flash player (MFP), allowing you intercept and record signals during scanning or printing. You could then store such information quietly on your storage device until you need it.

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