Educating Employees About Cybersecurity

What is cybersecurity? It is the process of defending against malicious attacks on computers, mobile devices, servers, electronic systems, data and networks. As more data theft and hacks make headlines, 52 percent of enterprises admit that their major flaw in IT security is employees. Businesses must devise appropriate plans to ensure that their employees have the knowledge required to reduce the likelihood of a data breach or security hack.

The importance of cybersecurity is a type of mentality that you must instill in new employees from the start through security training. New workers must understand its importance and how cybersecurity works, which you should reaffirm with ongoing training. In addition to including this as part of the onboarding process, we recommend that you establish regular sessions or online forums where staff can share cybersecurity insights. This can include exchanging recent news about a high-profile breach, reading an article about new cybercrime tactics used against companies and businesses and how to approach attacks effectively. Most importantly, in order to increase compliance rates, make cybersecurity learning and training engaging.

It is critical to understand that advanced hackers can create highly targeted schemes to break into an organization's network. You must properly train employees to deal with these attacks. The following are some security aspects that team members should pay close attention:


● Examine the sender's email address and name for spoofing (posing as someone else), especially if the sender is making an unusual request.
● Make sure the email format isn't out of the ordinary.
● If someone suddenly asks you for sensitive information such as login credentials, confirm the email with a phone call.
● Hover over links to ensure they take you to the correct website.
● Before opening any attachment, scan it.

When in doubt, ask these questions: How has this person demonstrated that they are who they claim to be? Why are they asking for this information? Employees must learn to pause and analyze a situation in order to avoid becoming a victim of a hacker's attack.

Additionally, the company should consider providing tangible situations about the risks associated with particular tasks to the team. Consider the ramifications of leaving computer hardware unsupervised, accessing personal documents on a work device and sharing confidential company information on social media. Senior and/or IT employees are especially vulnerable because they typically have access to more information. This makes them a favorite hacker target, which is why it is critical to prevent a careless mindset from developing.

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