Graduation 2016: 5 Tips to Get an 'A' in IT Security

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-06-10

As the class of 2016 enters the workforce, graduation season serves as a reminder to organizations to keep in mind the human factor of security and re-evaluate how they're educating employees on IT security risks. The newest generation of employees, although savvy in social media, aren't always prepared for ever-evolving cyber threats. As a result, new graduates (as well as many others) may engage in risky behavior, such as clicking on links in phishing emails, visiting inappropriate Websites at work, or downloading unapproved cloud apps to increase productivity, without awareness of the associated risks and without the IT department's knowledge (a practice known as shadow IT). In fact, security and networking solutions provider Blue Coat recently found that 1 in 10 broadly shared files in cloud apps expose sensitive and regulated data. Security education, along with the right technology, helps reduce risks. eWEEK interviewed Bradon Rogers, senior vice president of product strategy and operations at Blue Coat, who outlines best practices for companies when it comes to embracing the consumerization of IT and social media in a way that supports employees' technology choices while mitigating security risks.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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