10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cyber Security
We’ve all heard about Cryptolocker, Heartbleed and Wannacry which have all received global media coverage. We’ve seen major retailers and online businesses who have had customer details stolen and we’ve seen business like Ebay, Apple, Linkedin and other global on-line retailers in the news for the wrong reasons.
Most businesses blame cyber threats on outsiders but sometimes the threat actually originates from within when employees’ lack of awareness and/or negligence open the door. So what can you do as a business person to help protect your business and help make your employees a bit more cyber smart? Below I’ve listed 10 tips that should help:
Create and communicate clear-cut IT security policies and processes
Don't assume that even though you've invested in cyber security technology that every threat will be stopped. Social engineering is a bit part of the cyber-criminals weapons and if the correct processes aren't in place you could be caught out.
Test employees security knowledge
The best way to check on aware your staff are of scams and threats is to test them.
Require complex passwords that must be changed regularly
We all know the best practice but are we implementing it? No pets names or children's names followed by 123!
Teach employees about Phishing scams
It's human nature for us to be trusting but phishing scams should be teaching us the opposite. You need to make your staff aware of the threats, what they look like and how to protect themselves.
Make sure you’ve got good backups in place
This is the number 1 fallback if you get a ransomware infection, if you already have them, make sure they are tested and working before you find out too late.
Use email SPAM and internet web filters
The easiest way to stop many of the threats reaching your staff's email account or allowing people to go to parts of the internet where they shouldn't be going.
Keep your systems patched with the latest security updates
systems need patches often, make sure it's being done.
Protect your mobile devices
Mobile devices now contain as much critical business information as your computers but yet so many businesses don't protect them incase they are lost or stolen.
Keep your staff up to date with latest cyber threat news
Staff are your businesses' cyber security guards, the last line of defence but if we don't provide them with the latest types of threats and
email scam news how do they know what to look out for?
Select a trusted IT partner
If you're in any doubt about how to protect your business, you should talk to some-one who can help. Gone are the days of 'it will never happen to us'.
None of the tips above individually can effectively prevent a cyber attack on your business, but taken collectively and by educating your employees, these can help prevent things that are preventable.
About the Author
Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled Technology Director at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.
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