How to Develop a Strong Cybersecurity Awareness Program for Your Business

As the global economy continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic and its associated impact on supply chains, cybercriminals have taken this time to expand their threat landscape. More companies are turning to digital tools to support business continuity in these uncertain times, but that has opened the door for hackers to take advantage of two things — the vulnerabilities that are deeply embedded in these digital frameworks and the lack of cybersecurity awareness among users of these enhanced technologies.

There has never been a better time to address human risk management (HRM) for your business. With human error being responsible for an astounding 82% of data breaches in this year alone, smart companies are looking for ways to mitigate this risk.

The Core Elements of a Robust Cybersecurity Awareness Stance

To create a strong HRM for your business, you must educate and train your staff on ways to identify and prevent modern and emerging threats as well as best practices for keeping cybersecurity foremost as they move through the workday. Here are a list of elements to include in any training program to boost awareness:

Phishing and Social Engineering

Help staff identify common phishing and social engineering techniques and offer information on the psychology of influence to help them more fully understand how impersonations and other approaches are used to gain access to vital data.

Using Public Wi-Fi

Hackers are adept at both setting up fake public Wi-Fi hubs and hacking into valid public Wi-Fi networks to lure employees into entering information into non-secure servers. Educating employees on simple ways to spot these scams can help to minimize risk.

Passwords and Authentication

One of the most overlooked security tools is also one of the easiest to deploy. Teach your staff to use randomized passwords and change them often, rather than using simple passwords or using password patterns. Other tools, like multi-factor authentication, can help provide additional security in the event a password is stolen or decoded.

Removable Media

With many employees working from home or on-the-go, the use of removable media is on the rise. However, staff should be warned never to insert an unknown USB drive, as malware can be placed on the drive that will install itself on the computer in which the drive is inserted. Other media such as SD cards, smartphones, and even CDs can pose the same hazards.

Cloud Security

Misconfiguring of cloud security controls can leave your company’s data unprotected. In fact, Gartner predicts that next year, almost all cloud security incidents will be caused by human error. Training employees on the secure use of applications in the cloud will be an essential element of a strong HRM program.

Internet Usage

Clicking on the wrong website or downloading “free” software or PDFs are just a few ways that employees can invite hackers into your company’s data. Any HRM program should include training on safe internet browsing and email usage habits.

Mobile Devices

Taking advantage of hybrid work environments and increasingly mobile employees, hackers have found ways to access data or download malware using mobile devices. By creating malicious mobile apps, many bad actors have gained access to sensitive data. Not only should you create a training program that includes ways to avoid security risks when using mobile devices, but you should also ensure that any information on a staff phone is encrypted and secured with a password or biometric identifier. In a best-case scenario, workers would acknowledge and sign a security policy dealing specifically with mobile devices.

Physical Security

Unattended desks with sensitive physical documents present, unattended computers, passwords written on sticky notes — these are all ways that hackers can infiltrate company data. Employees should be encouraged to keep their desks free of data and shut down computers when away for a lengthy period. In addition, consider installing a physical security system to detect intruders and record suspicious events.

Let Perry proTECH Secure Your Workplace

Businesses are at risk of cyberattack from all directions — inside and outside of their physical workspace. The first step in protection is to cultivate a culture of cybersecurity awareness using a robust human risk management program. If you want to amplify your security stance to handle next-level threats, however, it is smart to partner with cybersecurity experts.

At Perry proTECH, we have a combined team of knowledgeable cybersecurity and physical security experts to help you stay protected. From assessing, managing, and security your IT infrastructure to state-of-the-art intrusion and access control systems, we have the technology and experience to help you stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

Get the protection you need for your physical and digital business assets. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and learn more about our cybersecurity and physical security protocols.

2022-10-28T15:53:18-04:00November 1st, 2022|
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