Four Ways to Educate Your Employees on Cyber Security

With the progression of technology, the idea that hacking a business is easier than ever is mind boggling.  Could it be that our protective measures have grown lax? According to some, organizations have had a rather conservative approach to safeguarding confidential information. 

With the rise of enhanced software, making our lives simpler and less complicated, comes the knowledge that cybercriminals also have advanced means and methods to penetrate precious networks of data with minimal effort.  According to IBM’s 2016 Cyber security Intelligence Index, 60% of the time it’s not some fancy tool that allows criminals to side step your defenses. It’s your employees letting them in.  With that said, let’s consider four ways to prevent opening your business up to attack.

  1.  Stronger Passwords.  How many times have we been told to change our passwords periodically?  But how many of us actually want to go to the trouble of remembering what seems like hundreds of passwords we have in our business dealings as well as in our personal lives?  According to a 2015 TeleSign survey, close to 75% of consumers use duplicate passwords in their online activity.  Twenty-one percent of them use passwords more than a decade old, 47% have been using the same password for five years (guilty as charged) and 54% use the same five passwords across an entire lifetime online. 

This is staggering news for a business owner. To think that your data could be compromised by a password as simple as “123456” is a huge concern. Make sure you train your employees on safe password practices that include new passwords every few months with each of them containing letters, numbers and symbols.This alone can drastically increase your odds against data breaches.

      2.  Make Cyber Security Part of Your Company Policy.  Instill safe online practices for your employees.  In fact, make this a mandatory company policy.  Have a set procedure in place for employees to follow if they encounter a suspicious e-mail or potentially malicious link.  These and other practices ensure that employees        remain personally invested in protecting your company.

  1. Conduct a Security Audit.  Investigate the hardware and software you’re using on a daily basis and analyze the habits of your personnel and whether or not they’re complying with your high standards of cyber security.
  2. Train Your People.  Don’t keep your employees in the dark.  With comprehensive cyber security awareness training concentrating on what are the biggest digital threats to post-breach best practices, you can turn your biggest security liability into your greatest defense.