Were you aware that most data breaches start with an email—specifically a phishing email? Just in 2022 alone, 62% of businesses faced a data breach of some kind. With cybercrimes increasing in frequency and criminals growing increasingly sophisticated with their techniques, training your team is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. Luckily, October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it’s the ideal time for businesses to strengthen their cybersecurity awareness and training for their staff.
To improve your cybersecurity, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how you and your staff can better prepare yourselves for the unexpected.
Cybersecurity Awareness: What You Need to Know
Cybercrimes are on the rise, and these attacks can threaten confidential information and lure unsuspecting employees to click suspicious links. Human error is the easiest way for cyberthreats to occur. By adding that extra layer of protection—cybersecurity training prepares your staff to make smarter decisions when it comes to malicious threats lurking in the shadows.
95% of breaches are caused by human error. That’s an outstanding number that could have been prevented if your employees were properly trained to identify malicious threats. Knowledge is key when it comes to cybersecurity, and teaching your team what to look for can save your business time and money. Cybercriminals are going to rely heavily on your team’s lack of awareness because it’s easier to trick someone into giving their information if they aren’t aware of the malicious intent.
How can you ensure that your employees and your business are safe online?
- Teach your employees how to identify a scam: Teaching your employees to spot scams will help them to determine what’s real and what’s fake. You can teach them to exercise caution when reading emails.
- Teach and enforce password best practices: Strong passwords are critical to online security. A good password is at least 12 characters long and has a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. 50% of people use the same password for work and personal accounts. Make it long, unique and complex to avoid issues.
- Teach your employees about protocols if a breach has occurred: Having a disaster recovery plan and putting it to use is essential in helping your staff understand what to expect in case a breach has occurred.
We Have You Covered
Neither you nor your employees want any harm to come to your business. By giving them the tools they need to fight off cyberthreats you can outmaneuver the hackers by using your greatest asset as a frontline defense—your team.
With IND, employees are trained to understand how to combat a cyberattack. They can recognize danger and learn how to better protect themselves with our educational programs. Don’t wait to give us a call. Bring cybersecurity awareness and training to your staff now. Let us help you prepare for the unexpected. Contact us today.
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