By Breanna Banford, Social Marketing Specialist, Xerox Enterprise Business Group

Whether or not security is on your mind, danger is lurking in the dark corners of the digital world, putting your information at risk – vital information like client financial records, employee files, confidential business documents, the list goes on!

The more knowledge you have, the better protection you can offer your employees and your clients. Once you’re privy to the number of threats like malware that emerge each day (50,000 per day, as a matter of fact) you may have trouble sleeping. Hackers are getting smarter and learning how to tap into network access points, like embedded devices, that we might not consider a potential point of entry to your company’s data.

Many security experts and articles discuss the simple things to keep your data secure, like making strong passwords – i.e. H4$jfi*1 – lots of characters, numbers and capitalized letters to keep hackers at bay. But, security to protect your business, small or large, goes beyond having a strong password. Employees need to be made aware of the steps they should take to protect confidential data, inform them on the security policies set by the company because many don’t know they exist. Stay up-to-date on the latest threats and understand how new technology and software can make the difference between an alert before the danger occurs versus one that comes after you’ve already been hacked.

In fact, through online monitoring our team has noticed a few recent tweets referencing malware in an email attachment labeled “Scanned from  a Xerox WorkCentre.” This is one of those instances where hackers are attempting to trick you into downloading the file. Be wary – it’s important to consider the source of the email. We advise all users to only open scan to email files that are sent from a reliable, identifiable, and verifiable source. The other key way to determine if this is a scam email, versus real, is that the “From” field of the spam email will mimic an actual user’s email address, as opposed to a machine name email (i.e. wcp245@xerox.com). We’re on top of the issues and post updates to our security webpage: www.xerox.com/security

Get the facts and figures here. You’ll sleep soundly tonight…