Business owners, managers and employees are constantly being targeted by hackers through phishing, spear phishing and social engineering attacks. If your staff is not aware and cannot readily identify these attacks, you will fall victim. It is not a matter of IF this will happen to you, but WHEN. You must be proactive. With an 81% increase in cyber attacks across all industries in 2021 alone, ignoring the very real threat will ultimately land you on the wrong side of the table. We have dealt with far too many businesses that have been hit by cyber attacks, and the common denominator among them was an untrained staff, as well as a lack of cybersecurity defensive measures beyond a firewall and anti-virus software.
To properly train your staff, it is important to find a service that offers an engaging and interactive experience. A few things to search for in cybersecurity training are:
- Comprehensive training platform that educates employees on the various types of cybersecurity threats
- Simulated Phishing campaigns to test the effectiveness of the training
- Constant reminders and refreshers related to the latest threats and trends
Make sure you engage with a company who understands your business and provides thorough, comprehensive training in 2022. The risk is too high to leave yourself unprotected and vulnerable to these relentless attacks. The best time to act is now.
Still Not Convinced About Training Your Employees To Be Human Firewalls?
“But why would I need a ‘human’ firewall when I have this expensive firewall protecting my network?” Let’s first define what a firewall does and understand the scope of its capabilities. A firewall alone may not prevent a cyber attack or block all malicious code trying to get into your network. It is your exterior defense designed to allow and restrict access of certain types of information and connections. It has the capability of protecting you from many types of attacks, but is not equipped to protect you from everything. It is easy to gain a false sense of security that a firewall protects all vulnerabilities but the fact remains that it does not. If firewalls and anti-virus software were ultimately successful, we would not have to worry about cyber attacks.
In order to protect your data, you must deploy a multi-layered approach to security. Alongside technologies like firewalls, anti-virus software, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, you must implement cybersecurity awareness training for staff and team members (the “human” firewall). In fact, some states require a cybersecurity awareness program be implemented for business associates and entities.
Properly educated staff can readily identify “red flags'' in emails that are indicative of malicious intent. In other words, the email that appears to be coming from another person in your business is really a spear phishing attack trying to lure you or a staff member into clicking on something or revealing their username and password. There is no device in the world that is smart enough to detect something like that. Once the attack is detected, the team member can delete it and take corrective action, ultimately blocking the attack.
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