Modern cybercriminals – Hackers – use numerous clever ways to attack businesses – from technical attacks to social engineering.
In our capacity as a Cyber Incident Response organization, we are witnesses to the ingenuity and thought used by attackers in their criminal pursuits. Often, the weakest point in an organization’s armor are the humans who manage various software and procedural systems. Rarely are the humans responsible for IT systems targeted by attackers; Rather, Executive leadership, Finance, Administration, and Sales are sought-out as they are perceived as softer, more vulnerable, targets.
Training your humans on the techniques and red-flags presented by an attacker can make your organization a harder target and make the trouble go away. Doing simple activities like testing your employees with fake phishing emails can be an easy way to both raise awareness and “patch your humans”. Train them what to look for in a phishing email, learn the red flags for telephone-based attacks, and keep them up to date with the latest phishing scams.
Have you been focusing on software packages and anti-virus tools to protect your data from hacking? That may not be enough, because it overlooks one of the biggest causes of security breaches. All of the security software and expertise in the world is useless if you or your employees don’t remain vigilant about their behavior as it relates to hacking scams and data security. Human error remains the biggest cause of security breaches and data loss at almost all companies, large or small.
We can’t emphasize strongly enough the urgent need to develop a culture of security among all of your employees and throughout your organization. Changing passwords frequently, not sharing passwords, and learning to recognize and avoid opening nefarious emails are the top three lessons we’ve found to be most effective at combating modern attacks. Security begins and ends with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and an organization’s management. Develop and promote a security culture within your organization! Don’t just make it a once-in-a-while memo, make it part of your office culture, with ongoing reminders, links to articles explaining phishing scams, and routine reminders to change passwords.
Contact Corporate Information Technologies to learn more techniques to educate your employees about their data security responsibilities. We’re experts at this and have been doing it for over 20 years. Don’t be another cybersecurity statistic – educate yourself, inform your employees, and make cybersecurity a priority.
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