It might seem counter-intuitive, but the greatest threat to the cybersecurity of your business is likely to come from the inside.
And we’re not talking infiltrated spies eithe. The ones most likely to compromise your security are actually your trusted employees. Without any malicious intent at all, they are often just a few careless mouse clicks away from costing your business a fortune.Your trusted employees are just a few careless clicks away from costing your business a fortune in cybersecurity breaches Click To Tweet
Employees harm your business by visiting infected websites, responding to phishing emails, using business email through public Wi-Fi on an unencrypted connection, or something as simple as having one password for access to all business assets and personal accounts. Neglecting cybersecurity can cost companies tens of thousands of dollars, hours of downtime and loss of customers. The most alarming fact is, that cyber attacks happen more than 4000 times each and every day, and can strike the same company several times per year!Employees harm your business by visiting infected websites, responding to phishing emails or using business email through public Wi-Fi Click To Tweet
Such attacks are often financially motivated – ransomware, for example – or sometimes directed at obtaining specific data. Confidential business information at stake would include company finance records, customer and employee personal data, or highly valuable (and vulnerable) intellectual property assets.Preventing cyber attacks is a sound investment considering the high risk and costs involved in recovery from damages Click To Tweet
Preventing cyber attacks is a sound investment considering the high risk and costs involved in recovery from damages. EveryCloud Spam Filtering has compiled this infographic to provide some insight into how cyber attacks can harm their business and what they can do about it.
The guide explains the main targets of cybercriminals, the role employees play in cybersecurity and the benefits of Cybersecurity Awareness Training. By regularly training your employees, your company will benefit from a security-first awareness that emphasizes prevention, detection, reporting and learning from mistakes.By regularly training your employees, your company will benefit from a security-first awareness Click To Tweet
Types of training include
Instructors will teach your employees in person, which has the advantage of stronger engagement and the ability for them to ask questions of the instructor, raising relevant concerns and addressing them.
The fastest and most convenient, way, these are effective as long as fully completed by employees.
Interactive assistants installed on your employee’s computers. These will actively protect your company and make employees aware of key points where threats can be detected and prevented.
Best way to see the current state of security awareness in your business?
Test your employees with simulated attacks. These will give you and your employees great insight into how to detect attacks, where to report them and learn from mistakes in a controlled manner.
Alice Bonasio is a VR Consultant and Tech Trends’ Editor in Chief. She also regularly writes for Fast Company, Ars Technica, Quartz, Wired and others. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow @alicebonasio and @techtrends_tech on Twitter.
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