The March Madness tournament is zipping along, with the Sweet Sixteen set for Thursday, March 28th.

Lower seeded teams cling to dreams of fairytale runs, hoping to become the next Villanova squad of 1985. They’re hoping to get it right just enough times to continually survive and advance.

College basketball teams aren’t the only ones who apply the ‘survive and advance’ approach; it’s the modus operandi for hackers as well. Just a single point of entry, a single win, will allow a hacker to parade through an entire computer network.

For hackers, the chaotic atmosphere of March Madness represents the perfect cover for committing cyber crimes.

As March Madness comes to life, employees habitually veer onto websites that do not meet company security standards, checking streams or scores on company owned devices. While the March Madness obsession may account for lost productivity during the month of March, more significantly, the ways that employees access the games could leave companies vulnerable to cyber security mishaps. And the cost of cleaning up a cyber security incident feels like it’s rising by the day.

Distracted employees are more likely to click on phishing links, and to unwittingly download malicious applications.

“For employees multitasking through March,” Security Boulevard recommends a “full-court press of encryption.” And, maybe it’s time to invest in a new TV for the break room.

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