What it Means to Be Security Aware

How Decision-Maker Dan Stays Security-Aware

You’ve heard it time and time again: a team is only as strong as its weakest link. This age-old phrase remains true for your office setting. When even one individual is unaware of proper security precautions and safety measures, your entire business could be put in jeopardy. Let’s take Decision-Maker Dan, for instance. We’ll follow his journey toward becoming security-aware, and how it affected his business.

What it Means to Be Security Aware

Security awareness is the process of educating and training employees about proper IT protection protocols. Many organizations require a formal security training as part of their new employee onboarding process.

The Fault of Human Error

By far, the weakest link in a company’s security protocol is human error. Even our most diligent employees make mistakes. Let’s take Decision-Maker Dan, for instance. While Dan always has his company’s best interest in mind, he slips up from time to time.

A phishing scam was sent to Dan via email, prompting him to click on a link. Thinking the email was from a team member, Dan willingly opened the link, and instantly granted a hacker access to his company’s sensitive files. At this point in time, Dan was far from aware. While he did not mean to open up his company’s information to threats, he was unaware of the potential results of his actions.

How IND Can Help

IND Corporation understands that no staff is perfect. Employees mess up from time to time, especially when they are not well-versed in proper cyber-security protocol. With IND’s help, your team can stay safe while becoming security-aware.

Decision-Maker Dan’s team did not want this slip up happening again, so they called upon IND for help. Our team immediately began training Dan’s office on the proper methods of staying safe from cyber threats. From common hacker methods to proper password protections, we ensured the team was well equipped the combat any scam.

Once training was complete, we periodically sent out simulated test emails that mimicked what a hacker might send. If an employee bought into the scam, we would alter our training to reiterate what went wrong. In our experience, we have seen businesses go from 12% of employees clicking on the wrong material, to less than 2.5%.

By the end of our training program, employees understand how to get support from an IND professional. Decision-Maker Dan no longer clicks on malicious emails or plays into blatant scams. His entire office has gone through the motions to become security-aware. When it comes to cyber-security, every business is at risk. Make sure your employees are equipped for the fight.