Thieves use a variety of ways to gather information. One such way can be through your employer by targeting computer systems or individual employees. But, like the sports analogy, the best offense is a good defense.

Below are several ways you can help safeguard your workplace against theft:

  • Watch what you click on.

    Phishing scams will bait you via email to take an action under pressure. For example, providing a system password to a person in need of quick assistance or verifying your account information using a link embedded in the email. Always use caution when opening emails from unknown names, and be mindful of what you click on inside of the emails. What looks like a legitimate link could in fact be a mismatched URL (e.g., instead of or a misleading domain name (e.g., Further, malicious links can lead to you unknowingly giving hackers access to download ransomware on your company’s databases.

  • Screen your phone calls.

    Thieves can disguise their call back number to look like they are calling from your company’s IT or HR departments, then attempt to solicit personal information from you. When in doubt, ask the caller for their name and let them know you will call them back. If you are able to verify the legitimacy of the call with your manager, return the phone call via the number provided in your employee directory.

  • Secure your workstation.

    Keep your desk clutter free and do not leave any sensitive information out in the open. When you leave your desk, lock your workstation. This includes any drawer that contains business sensitive information, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as well as your computer.