Technology has changed the way people communicate, run their households, do business, and navigate the world, but with convenience comes a price. Data security is one of the biggest concerns among business owners today, but while most focus on large scale threats such as phishing, malware, hacking and firewall breaches, attention should also be given to defending against another, potentially more serious concern: low tech security threats.

For best results, a two-pronged approach is required with regards to data security: the first to protect against the physical loss of data, and the second, against the unauthorized access of data. While backups are vital to ensuring valuable data can be recovered, it can’t prevent theft.

Here are some examples of common low tech threats to your data:


Sensitive information which is left on desktop trays, in unsecured filing cabinets, or in waste or recycle bins can be easily scanned, copied, photographed or stolen in the blink of an eye. Likewise, computer monitors should not be left unattended when displaying or accessing sensitive information; computers should be password protected and all screens closed before leaving the area.

Lack of Encryption 

Both onsite and offsite backups should be securely stored, and encrypted to prevent theft.

Unsecured Printers

Unlike the printers of old, today’s printers are part of your computer network and must be secured against unauthorized access. Shared devices can use technology to create an audit trail and prevent unauthorized usage, and employees should be reminded to ensure output trays are clear and originals are removed after each use.

Physical Theft

Portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and laptops can be easily stolen, and should be stored securely when not in use.

Power Issues

Power surges, outages, spikes or interruptions can corrupt or destroy your data. Surge protection should be used for all electronics to avoid damage.

Environmental Concerns

Damage to data or devices as a result of flood, fire, smoke, or extreme temperatures can be avoided with climate control solutions, computer safe fire suppression, monitors and alarms.

Protect your sensitive data by taking a broad approach to data security, with solutions that defend against both modern technology and low tech security threats. Contact us today, to learn more!