Your Customers’ Biggest Summer Security Risk
Launch a simulation training program. Using a phishing simulation platform like Barracuda PhishLine can allow your customers to regularly re-train all employees (including interns) on new security threats and how to identify potential threats. In the case of Barracuda PhishLine, companies can use pre-configured templates and risk assessment surveys to help customers assess and address vulnerabilities and education within their businesses.
Businesses without the time or resources to manage a simulation program can use Barracuda’s Managed PhishLine. With this service, Barracuda MSP can manage campaign planning, execution and reporting on the behalf of an MSP. This training will not only benefit the interns during their stay at your clients’ company, but what they learn can also be transferrable to any other companies they may work for down the line.
Establish structured onboarding and offboarding procedures. Adding and removing employees haphazardly from applications, email and other systems can often create new security gaps. Employees (interns and otherwise) often leave companies with credentials and access intact for some databases or third-party platforms. The former employee could use these credentials maliciously, or, in some cases, these “dead” accounts can be exploited by cybercriminals.
Human resources and IT should work together to create a centralized onboarding process that will enable the company to keep track of employee credentials and accounts. This can include centralized authentication and password management, as well as an identity management system. Additionally, there should be systems in place to track and manage employee and intern access to external sites, including website analytics, blogs, social media platforms and other solutions.
With centralized tracking and management in place, it’s much easier to turn off access once the intern or employee leaves the company.
Summer internship programs are a valuable resource for companies scouting for new hires, and students trying to gain real work experience. With the proper policies and technology tools in place, these temporary work arrangements can also be highly secure.
Brian Babineau is Senior Vice President and General Manager for Barracuda MSP. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s managed services business, a dedicated team focused on enabling partners to easily deliver robust, flexible IT solutions to customers.
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