Cyber Security can make or break your business so after you have had your security audit you will know where you need to improve to minimize the loss of data to your company. That is a great step to make. How ever with out cyber security training your staff about the dangers that are out there you will know what the issues are but no one will be taking the steps necessary to help minimize your risk. With proper training you can Cyber Security to work for you.
Making Cyber Security An Asset to your Business
Cyber security is not just the responsibility of your Information Technology staff. Or only relegated to management. It is the responsibility of everyone on your staff. With Cyber Security you are only as safe as the weakest link in your team. Your IT and management team can have the best available technology in place to protect against breaches. They could be the best in the field. None of this matters if you are not also educating your staff to on the importance of protecting your data but you also have to teach them why.
Many if not most companies have IT policies in place that employees are expected to follow they are often broad, referring to protecting a catch-all term of “confidential” data, without attempting to explain which data is import and what losing that data might mean for the business. This is a problem that can put your business at serious risk just due to employees not knowing what is expected of them when it comes to protecting the companies important data.
With the growing number of employees using their own laptops, smart phones and tablets to access confidential company data, thsi further complicates risk by increasing the number of devices that could be vulnerable. Without the ability to secure and monitor network traffic in a completely controlled environment, IT must rely on employees to act responsibly when accessing, transmitting or storing company data on all of their different devices. Providing employees with information they can transform into actionable and safe behavior is key to ensuring that, whether on company premises, at home or on the go, company AND personal devices are used as securely as possible.
A few things to consider about security training for employees
- Not all Data is Equal
Some data may not require the same security controls as others. Employees should be made aware why data with personally identifiable information (PII) or internal company information – financial records, and intellectual property, for instance – should be treated with more care as the impact to the company, both from a reputational and economic impact should they be lost, is very high.
- Things are not always as they appear
Spear phishing is a planned and executed attack against a specific organization. A credible, often urgent looking email that appears to be from an authorized person in the company – such as IT or HR – or from an outside vendor concerning billing or an invoice, is sent to employees with a link to a web page or attachment that looks authentic, but is actually malicious. Cyber Security training is important to help employees be able to spot the risks that are out there. The attackers are getting very good at masking what they are doing and making it look real.
Educate employees to beware of email marked urgent, look at the address to see where the email is coming from, question all links in e-mail, especially if the e-mail requests sensitive information or PII, and check that URLs contained in the email makes sense (google.com vs. gooogle.com. for example).
- If you don’t know or are unsure ASK
Assure employees that it is ALWAYS OK to ask whether an email is safe or not. This is very important. Sometimes employees do not want to as because they feel like they are bothering you or are asking a “dumb” questions. It is important that they know that there is no bad question to ask when it comes to security. It is better to take the few minutes to ask than to make a disastrous mistake. Training will help to ensure that employees are not afraid to ask the questions that they should ask. As time goes by they will become more aware and be able to spot the malicious information.
These are just a few of the quick tips and part of the training that HealthSecureIT offers to help minimize the risk to your important data. For more information click here to contact us