The single biggest cyber vulnerability to your business is your workforce.
You could invest millions in securing your IT systems (Equifax, Sony, Marriot, NHS) to name a few but the fact is for all the best technology solutions out there the number one vulnerability to your systems are your colleagues.
In this article, you will learn some of the simple steps you can take to reduce the risk significantly by educating your staff to the risks of Cyber Security.
1: Simulated Attacks
First establishing a baseline of your risk is required. There are a few platforms that can help with this.
What this entails is running simulated cyber attacks on your business network.
The first type of simulated attack is a physical attack called a USB drop.
This is where USB drives are left somewhere in or around your workplace.
The drives themselves have a special piece of software that reports back to a central system if they’re plugged into a computer.
The report will log the user who picked the drive up and attached it to a computer on your corporate network.
The second type of simulated attack is email phishing. Many simulation platforms allow you to send out dummy email phishing tests to your staff.
The purpose of this is to see who opens, clicks the link and ultimately falls victim to this test.
This allows you to identify users that required training on email phishing and raise the awareness of what not to click on.
2: Ongoing training
Whilst these simulation platforms are great at profiling risks within the organisation they need to be combined with correct user training.
Ultimately there should be a two-pronged approach here.
First many of the simulation platforms will have a training module built in where training on cybersecurity can be automated via a web portal. They also include content libraries to choose from on what type of training you want to deliver through the platform.
The other training is in-person training which works really well if scheduled on a quarterly basis. Lunch and learns work best as you can get a level of interaction with your colleagues and find out what types of questions they may have in their mind in regards to the threats of cybersecurity.
3: Protection through policy.
The third and final measure you should be taking in the workplace is having the correct policies and procedures in place.
This can be as basic as making sure everyone reads, understands and has read your cybersecurity policy.
Of course, not all small businesses have the time to implement a cybersecurity policy. That’s where we can help.
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