Don't Install Unauthorized Software

The installation of unauthorized software can negatively affect your workplace’s security posture. This software can include everything from stand-alone programs to plug-ins for your web browser. Not only can this pose a stability issue leading to slower or unreliable system performance, but the installation of unmanaged software can pose a direct security threat either because it may be malicious software itself, or because this is introducing software that is not part of the patch management system in your environment. If this new unauthorized software ends up making you vulnerable to cyber-attacks in the future, but IT isn’t aware of it or implementing regular patches or fixes, you leave that avenue open for attackers who easily leverage these known vulnerabilities to compromise systems and potentially steal information.


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