One of the worst things about unauthorized access is, that it not only puts your data in jeopardy but the organization’s data as well. If you wonder how is possible that an organization will be affected by the attack?
What is unauthorised account access?
Think of this. The malware that has been deployed inside your device, is like a ninja or that animal on prey. Sitting there in the shadow, with their one intent in focus, the primary objective. You know nothing about this, or you found your device acting up and you performed a soft reset, meaning reboot, and your device seemed okay.
The time you get into your organization, the malware the predator comes out to play and starts working behind your back. You connect to the organization’s network, whether it is via Wi-Fi or another network, and the predator gets out of your phone and dissolves into the organizational network. There you can imagine what can happen if it manages to get into a sensitive place where confidential or some company-sensitive data resides.
I guess by now, you can have an idea that what this can do to your data as well as your office’s data. If you are using the same device outside of your organization, you must not store the credentials like your username, and password to automatically sign you in various places, especially your organizational and personal sensitive information like credit cards, social security numbers, and so on. In such a way, if the device is stolen or lost, no anybody will be able to get access to your data just like that. You won’t believe what they can have access to and how far the attack goes in the larger network if you ever get to trace them.
Preventing a stolen device from unauthorised access
The moment your device is lost with sensitive data, you need to act quickly but not make a rational decision and take a moment before you act on it, but do it relatively faster. Once you know that your device is lost and has sensitive organizational data, immediately contact your organization and talk to the person in charge, whether the manager or department of IT. They may tell you what to do in such a case based on your organization’s architecture.
If the device contains your personal data, either you have the data back up from remote, only if your device is configured in such a way, or you need to nuke the device. This means, that one click of a button and the entire data of your device is wiped out. Do the obvious like, change the username and password of the sites or applications you frequently visit. Remember that if any of the organization’s employee’s device has been infected, it means there could be a threat on the loose inside the organization.