Your employees get a ton of emails each day. They are faced continually with messages from vendors asking them to click on a link to, say, avoid their beloved binge-show channel getting canceled due to nonpayment.
They click. They get redirected to a fraudulent site (which looks a lot like the trusted one). They give out their login info.
That’s all it takes for a cybercriminal to access their account and any information stored there, perhaps to sell on the dark web.
With 95% of cybersecurity breaches caused by human error, according to IBM, maybe it’s time to think about more proactive ways to defend your business, such as implementing cybersecurity training.
Employees are the most common targets for cybercriminals, according to Entrepreneur, despite firewalls and security software.
But with cybersecurity solutions, your employees can graduate to become your biggest defender.
Here are the top four ways you can get your team up to speed:
- Make it easy on them — Give your employees paid time to watch videos, read guides and talk with IT professionals. Help them understand the threats that lurk and can cause data breaches, from phishing scams to ransomware attacks. Consider rewards as incentives once they pass security quizzes and tests.
- Hold everyone to the same standard — Just because she’s been CEO for five years doesn’t mean she’s any more able to prevent a data breach than the new guy who’s still figuring out the coffee machine. Trust everyone equally and put all your employees on a level landscape when it comes to security.
- Keep it fun — Some companies give out prizes for the employees who successfully thwart a phishing scam, even though it’s a simulation. Remember when your favorite teacher made geography a fun subject? When your employees treat cybersecurity training as an exciting and competitive game, they learn in the process, and your business is better protected.
- Outsource training to your MSP — As a business owner, you may not have the time to provide your staff with adequate training. You may also not know best security practices, and that’s okay because you can still get proactive with cybersecurity solutions. At Appalachian Network Services, we know exactly how to teach your employees to protect your sensitive data, leaving you to concentrate on your business.
While cybercriminals are busy thinking of new ways to seize your data and sell it on the dark web, you can outwit them using your most valuable asset: your employees.
With data breaches increasing in intensity and frequency and cybercrimes getting more and more complex, it’s time to arm your team.
Give your employees the knowledge they need to protect your business. At Appalachian Network Services, we teach all your employees, from the top of the rung to the new hires, how to improve their cybersecurity awareness. We give everyone on your team the instruction they need to engage in best practice policies that are sure to thwart the bad guys.
Interested in learning more about cybersecurity training in location? Consult the experts at Appalachian Network Services.