It’s your data. Shouldn't you protect it?
Understanding how breaches occur is the first step to preventing them. As important as an anti-virus application or a new firewall are, these products can be easily bypassed by exploiting naïve employees. Even for employees with the best intentions, all it takes is one wrong click. This is where your “human firewall” comes into play. At the end of the day, arming your employees with the proper tools to recognize and defend your organization against cyber threats will be your greatest asset.
The importance of employee security training:
Data breaches are occurring everyday and a majority of these breaches happen to small/midsize businesses. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of breaches are caused by human error. Employees need to understand how to protect sensitive company data through training that is interesting and engaging. Educated employees lead to fewer PC rebuilds, reduced IT expenses, less employee downtime, and a lower risk of breach.
Can you answer "yes" to all of these questions?
- Do your employees know how to Identify phishing emails and websites?
- Do your employees know not to send PII (SSN, credit card, driver’s license, etc.) in emails?
- Do your employees know how to protect portable media?
- Do your employees know the importance of creating strong passwords?
- Do your employees know not to share their passwords?
- Do your employees know the dangers of posting PII on social media?
- Do your employees know the risks of using their personal devices with company data?
It seems like common sense, right? You’d be surprised how many employees don’t know or practice these simple procedures.
The ADKtechs solution:
Whether you’re interested in training new hires or reinforcing security best practices for your current team, our cloud-based security portal provides online training that employees go through at their own pace. Some topics covered include:
- PII procedures
- Internal and external security threats
- Phishing scams
- Phone scams
- Wi-Fi vulnerabilities
- Physical device protection
- BYOD dangers
Training content is continually updated and your employees will also receive weekly 1-2 minute micro security training lessons, monthly magazine styled security newsletters, and simulated phishing emails.
Although continuous employee security training is just one component of a strong cyber security plan, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Businesses must create proactive policies and procedures that work to strengthen their workforce from on-boarding all the way through to employee departure. This includes developing hiring processes to properly vet and validate candidates; performing background checks; setting appropriate controls based on employee roles; continuous dynamic security training; and in the event of an employee termination or departure, strict off-boarding procedures. Simply giving your employees the knowledge & training they need to fend off cyber-attacks can be the difference between your company sailing or sinking.