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Are your staff the weakest link to your business?

by | Aug 27, 2019 | Cybersecurity

The weakest link in the chain of a resilient and secure IT system is, more often than not, your employees.

We’ll be looking closely at why this is and how to ensure your staffs are aware of todays cyber threats.

Why your staff may be the weakest link?

This comes down to your staff’s risk score and awareness of cyber threats.  

You can invest thousands in implementing IT security systems to keep your business secure. However, no single system is 100% secure and this leaves some risk.

The most common vulnerability is incoming email and how your staff interact to email phishing attacks.

Email phishing comes in many forms and while some staff might be aware of what to look for, not all of them will.

How confident are you that all employees who have access to company email are 100% aware of the threats?

Do they know how to spot a phishing email when they come into contact with one?

How to fix it:

There are, of course, some simple steps to be 100% confident and reduce your businesses risk score in this area.

First on the list is running regular cybersecurity awareness sessions. These usually take the form of a lunch and learn which staff and the IT team can get together to learn about the most common and newest types of cyber threats that are out there.

Running these regularly every quarter is advisable.

 

The other course of action is running simulated email phishing attacks

There are off the shelf solutions that will test the awareness of the workforce to email phishing by running a simulated phishing attack.

The beauty of the simulated attack is that you can profile each employee’s risk score. 

This can then be followed up by the correct level of cyber awareness training.

Other types of simulated attack include USB key drops, where a USB thumb drive is intentionally left somewhere with sensitive-looking files within. 

The simulated test is then run to record if the files are accessed. 

While most users are now aware of the risks that USB drives can pose, this is an excellent simulation to run to spot any weaknesses again.

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