Oh humanity! Cybersecurity

A strong cybersecurity plan is essential for protecting your business, but that means nothing if your employees aren’t trained to recognize cyber threats. When employees know what to look out for, you can rest assured that your organization will be safe from data breaches and other security issues. Implement these strategies to turn your employees into your best firewall.

You’ve purchased the latest Wi-Fi enabled coffee maker, toaster or refrigerator for your home or office. You can even control this nifty new feature via an app. But as technology becomes more advanced in these areas, hackers have evolved alongside it.

from IBM”Cost of a data breach reportestimates that the average data breach cost $3.86 million in 2020, with the United States surpassing the global average at $8.64 million. Cisco Umbrella indicates that the increase in phishing and ransomware attacks is the reason for these high costs.

With increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, the best protection for your cybersecurity is right behind the keyboard. Training employees to recognize different types of attacks is an essential component of cybersecurity. This is especially important in the age of remote and hybrid work models. Remote work exposes businesses to a wide range of attack vectors, with issues such as unsecured home devices and networks creating piles of shadow IT. However, a knowledgeable employee can detect suspicious activity in logins, emails, or even phone calls and report issues to IT before they become widespread emergencies.

Preventing data breaches in distributed work environments isn’t easy, but it can (and should) be done to protect your business and avoid regulators getting tougher on data privacy laws. As you prepare your cybersecurity team to harden your firewalls, follow these three steps to get employees on the same page and prevent problems before they happen:

  1. Make cybersecurity practices a habit.
    Cybersecurity is not a “one and done” affair. The only way to ensure complete cybersecurity is to make security practices a habit. Employees should automatically prioritize network security, as they are the first line of defense for many scams. An employee who understands how to recognize a phishing attack can proactively prevent such incidents from gaining access to secure information.

    As CEO of Avatara, a leading national cloud computing platform provider focused on helping security- and productivity-conscious businesses with business analytics, compliance and remote work, Rob McCormick writes“Cybersecurity strategies become more comprehensive when led by employees who instinctively prioritize network security. In most businesses, the human workforce is the first line of defense against violators. For example, an employee who knows how to detect a phishing email can thwart an attack in its tracks and prevent any potential fallout from occurring.

    Create written processes, procedures, and visual aids that integrate cybersecurity into the daily tasks of your employees. Ensure that every supervisor and team is fully trained and aware of the organization’s safety mindset. With visual aids in every workstation, whether an employee is working remotely or in the office, they will always have cybersecurity best practices at their fingertips.

  2. Instill a culture of cybersecurity.
    A human firewall is the best defense against an attack. It takes more than just written instructions; every employee should have a clear idea of ​​where they fit into the cybersecurity framework, from who reports threats to who handles them. If everyone thinks with a safety mindset, then the organization can function as a safe and harmonious environment. Think of it like servicing a car’s engine so you always have peak performance.

    “While a culture of safety must start at the top, the attitudes and practices that are part of that culture must be adopted throughout the company,” advises McCormick. “In some cases, leaders may be pushed away by managers who are already busy enough. In these cases, illustrate the large-scale ramifications that come with not paying attention to cybersecurity…The tendency is to view security only as a computer problem, but almost all business units will be affected as a result of a cyber attack.

  3. Remember that no business is too small.
    Large corporations and government agencies already have cybersecurity in place. Small businesses, however, are most likely to shy away from strong cybersecurity capabilities because they don’t believe they are worthy targets of attack. In reality, 43% of small businesses do not have any type of cybersecurity plan and are therefore vulnerable to attacks.

    Even if you are an SME, cybersecurity is important. You could own vulnerable equipment or resources, and cybercriminals could target you through the same automation tools operated by social media and web advertising networks. A business is never too small to need protection against cyberattacks and a team ready to do the job.

With so many potential ways to gain access to your systems, the best defense against a cyberattack is a cybersecurity savvy employee who is just one link in your human firewall.

Written by Rhett Power.
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