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4 TACTICS FOR EMPLOYEES That Could Save Your Network From Ruin
Given how reliant businesses are on technology, you’d think that every business owner would make cybersecurity education a company-wide priority. Sadly, that’s just not the case. The reasons for this lack of initiative are numerous. Some business owners mistakenly think that all the cybersecurity training you need to do is hire a quality MSP, set your security system up, and forget about it. Others simply place blind faith in the misconception that their business will avoid being targeted by hackers. The fact of the matter is that unless you make cybersecurity an integral part of your culture, you’re just what hackers are looking for. Hackers don’t care how large your business is; they care about how easily they can penetrate your network. They’ll do whatever they can to break in and take advantage. According to IBM’s Cyber Security Intelligence Index, the most common entry point for cybercriminals isn’t “hacking your main frame” or finding a piece of faulty code. It’s much simpler than that. In 60 percent of cases, hackers gain entry by taking advantage of employees who have little experience with cybercrime issues. To avoid this threat compromising your business, it’s crucial that you teach anyone using your network to practice smart internet behavior and stay vigilant for anything with a potentially nefarious intent. Every single business in the country should make this practice standard, but far too few do. If you need a little inspiration for your security training, here are four great tips to pass along to your team. USE STRONG PASSWORDS It might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s the easiest fix you can undertake. Most people prioritize passwords that are easy to remember over those that keep their data secure. In fact, a survey conducted by TeleSign found that nearly three-quarters of users employ the same password for all of their accounts. Even scarier, more than half of them have used the same passwords for the entirety of their life online.
Your business data is way too important to be guarded by a password like “123456,” or, heaven forbid, “password.” Teach your employees what constitutes a strong password and force them to update theirs regularly. MAKE SECURITY POLICY MANDATORY You can encourage employees to be diligent all you want, but if you don’t make it a mandatory standard operating procedure, it’s just wishful thinking. Your employee handbook should have a section devoted to cybersecurity that includes a number of required actions. For example, every employee should be mandated to install security patches as soon as they become available. CONDUCT AUDITS REGULARLY Once the policy is in place, it’s on your leadership team to make sure it’s put into action. Regularly check up on your team’s computers to make sure all software is up to date. It’s also a good idea to perform password strength tests. However you set up your audits, the most important concern is ensuring that everyone has followed your high standards. EDUCATE CONTINUOUSLY The nature of cybercrime is always evolving. As companies develop new defense mechanisms, hackers find innovative ways to bypass them. You need to provide your staff with knowledge and best practices on a consistent basis. If you want cybersecurity to matter to your team, you have to invest in making it real to them. Education and training are the best ways to do that. These techniques don’t take a lot of time and effort to implement, and they could end up saving your business from ruin. We’re always happy to help provide your business with the tools and tips you need to make your data secure. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more pointers. –Byron Adams
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