Companies need to stay proactive in educating their employees on cybersecurity, as not doing so can have major consequences. However, some companies still don’t list cybersecurity as a top priority.
In fact, according to CNBC, only 2% of small businesses (out of 2,000 surveyed) stated cyberattacks are a critical issue. What this shows is that there is a huge communication gap and, that if this gap persists, more companies will continue to be successful targets for malicious hackers.
This gap not only exists among owners but with employees too—who don’t know enough about cybersecurity and, because of this, will make the company more susceptible to attacks.
So, how do you close the communication gaps? Read on to find out, plus why cyber threat protection Detroit could be useful to you.
Why Cybersecurity Is Important to Learn?
While you don’t have to be an expert, it’s important to learn more than the basic common-sense tactics. Companies that continue to ignore the looming cyber threats stand a much greater chance of falling victim to hackers.
This especially goes for small businesses that may assume that hackers will bypass them and go after “bigger fish” for the larger gain. However, this can’t be further from the truth. CNBC reports that 28 million US small businesses were attacked last year.
As the statistics show, the reality is cyber attackers go after both small and large businesses. Think of it this way: if you have something to lose, you are a potential target.
To close the communication gap, you need to know how important cybersecurity is for your company.
After doing this, seek resources—such as professional training, consulting, and pen testing, among others—to ensure all of your vulnerabilities and assets are patched and protected.
Employees: Biggest Asset or Liability?
There’s another side to the communication gap: educating employees on cybersecurity. Not doing so comes with big risks. As CNET reports, most cyberattacks are the result of “careless employee decisions.”
Which brings up the questions: are employees your biggest asset or liability when it comes to keeping your network safe? The truth is, it depends.
Employees who don’t receive the proper cybersecurity training can unknowingly turn into negligent and accidental insider threats—especially since social engineering tactics are more rampant.
What You Risk
Read on to learn what companies stand to risk by not educating their employees on cybersecurity.
Falling Prey to Social Engineering Tactics
Nowadays, the standard suspicious phishing link is not the only cyber trick hackers pull from their sleeves.
In a world infused with social media, hackers attempt to friend employees on social platforms, attempting to gain their trust so that they can eventually wreak havoc on the employee personally and even professionally.
Some social engineering tactics include asking overly personal questions, over-complementing, and asking for favors, not to mention a slew of others.
Not Knowing Company Policy (And/or Workplace Boundaries)
Employees who aren’t aware of company policy and/or workplace boundaries may try to solve a problem without getting the necessary approval from higher-ups. That or simply do not have the authorization or job status to do so.
While employees may believe they are doing the right thing even though they are jumping over protocol, they are putting the company in jeopardy; in other words, (unknowingly?) they are a negligent insider threat.
Doing Work at a Public Space
According to CNN Money, the number of employees working at home has jumped 115% as of the last decade. What this means is that more and more employees are telecommuting at home orco-working space, café, or other public space.
While there are a host of benefits tied in to allowing employees to do this—greater productivity, happiness, and less turnover to name a few—there are a few cybersecurity risks.
Employees who don’t know about cybersecurity may leave their computer unattended, which makes them susceptible for an evil maid attack. That and using public WiFi makes it easier for hackers to gain access into the device.
Final Thoughts: What to Do
Take proactive steps in educating your employees on cybersecurity—beyond what’s common sense. Doing this will reduce the risk of cyberattacks—on both a personal and professional level.
Employees who were once a liability now have become one of your biggest assets. How have you trained your employees on cybersecurity?
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