Some Employees Won’t Stop Using Apps That Could Be A Security Risk

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It’s likely that many of the applications and software tools you’re using now are different from the ones your business used before the pandemic.

That’s because we’ve all had to make significant adjustments to how we communicate and collaborate.

And to begin with, it may have been hit and miss. It’s possible in the first few weeks and months that your employees had to use whatever tools they had available.

Now that we’ve settled into endless new ways of working, we can pick the software tools that best suit our businesses.

Unfortunately, your employees might not like your choice of which apps should be used within the company. And some of them may continue to use the ones they prefer, despite the security risk.

A recent survey found that 92% of employees want more control over their software, collaboration tools, and applications. And 51% continue to use apps that IT departments have banned.

It’s putting business owners in a difficult position.

Blocking apps and software may lead to employees feeling untrusted. This can lead to frustration and lack of motivation. It can hurt your business.

But ignoring the issue can be just as bad. Unvetted apps can be a significant security risk, leaving your data open to theft and your systems vulnerable to malware.

So, what’s the answer?

We’d always suggest having open conversations with your people. Inviting feedback on the software you want to use is a good idea. After all, your people are the ones using it day-in, day-out.

Take their suggestions on alternatives if the consensus is you’re using the wrong solutions and commit to looking into their viability.

It’s also an excellent idea to make sure your people fully understand the risks of using unapproved apps and the impact they can have on a business.

Even in cases where your team is all sticking to approved tools, keeping them educated on the latest cyber security initiatives is a smart move.

Can we help you find your business’s most suitable communication and productivity tools? We’ve helped lots of business owners do this. Get in touch.

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