While many security threats are complex secretive affairs, carried out by anonymous attackers from thousands of miles away, there remains a set of security challenges that occur literally right in the faces of victims.

Inadvertent physical security threats, such as throwing confidential documents in the trash, leaving confidential information or credentials on a white board in a conference room, or discussing proprietary information in public, are just as dangerous as active physical security threats including tailgating, shoulder surfing, and accessing data within your organization.

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Here’s a list of Physical Security Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind while at work:

Do:

– Challenge people that attempt to follow you or others at doorways.
– Lock your computer screen when you get up from your desk, if even for a quick break.
– Use your own access credentials.
– Keep your mobile devices with you at all times.
– Wear your badge at all times on the premises and remove your badge and keep it with you when you leave.
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Don’t:

– Prop doors open in order to easily return without using door access codes or swipe cards.
– Leave your computer logged in and unattended.
– Share your access credentials, or use another person’s credentials.
– Leave a mobile device tethered to your computer when you are not in your office.
– Lend your own ID badge to someone else, or use someone else’s badge in the absence of yours.

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