The back-to-school season is here. For your employees and children alike, this is a time to refresh the information they learned last year and ensure that they were able to retain it. There’s nothing wrong with needing a refresher, and this is true for both students and your employees.
If your employees have not recently taken a cyber-security refresher course, now is the time to provide them with updated information. Your staff needs to understand how to defend your company from potential threats. A cyber-secure culture can be created only if everyone buys into its importance and understands the potential dangers.
Cyberthreats come in many forms, but human error is the leading cause of cyberattacks. If your employees do not undergo cyber security refresher training at least once a year, they will be vulnerable to phishing e-mails, weak passwords, unsafe browsing and other types of cyberattacks. Additionally, in many cases insurance won’t cover your claims if your employees have not undergone regular training. Finally, customers usually don’t want to do business with a company that isn’t keeping their information protected. It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is – you must make an effort to ensure that all of your employees have gone through cyber security training. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the most important topics to discuss when training your team on cyber security.
Most employees have a login to access the company’s systems, data or Internet. When selecting passwords for these logins, employees should use strong passwords with letters, numbers, punctuation and special characters that are not shared between accounts. Employees should regularly change their passwords as well. You can also use multifactor authentication so you will know that those logging into an account are who they claim to be.
Employees should be wary of e-mails that come from outside of the company. They should not open any e-mails from people they do not know or have not communicated with in the past. Unless they know exactly where the e-mail has come from and are certain it is safe to open, they should not open any links or attachments within it.
Some employees may have personal accounts set up through a company email address. Employees should be cautious about what they post on social media and shouldn’t disclose private information about your company or your clients. If they did, it could be devastating to your company’s reputation as well as your cyber security.
Protecting Company Data
Your company’s cyber security practices are in place to protect company and client data, and your employees have a legal and regulatory duty to protect sensitive information. A reckless disregard for protecting company information can quickly cause your company to go under and has the potential to bring forth lawsuits. Establishing strong cyber security practices, training employees on those practices, and implementing them through technology, is the best way to protect your business from cyberthreats.