More than half of businesses can attribute IT security incidents or data breaches to an employee - be it a malicious or negligent act. This is according to a study from Experian. While many CEOs are aware of this internal threat, the same study found that few are putting processes in place to boost their company’s security culture or train their employees around the potential risks.
The trick to protecting your business from the risks that lie within is to provide regular and informative education for ALL staff – including everyone from the secretary to the CEO. If you’re unsure how to go about the process of empowering your employees to keep you safe, here are a few handy tips.
Talk to your people
The security landscape is constantly evolving. And, as the threats evolve, so too do the risks. It’s important for CEOs and IT managers to have open conversations with their staff about IT security. During these conversations, it’s possible to discuss the root cause of the unsafe behaviour and to respond to their feedback.
Understand that no one is safe
As we mentioned above, these issues concern everyone, so conversations should be had with everyone, from the most tech savvy employees and the CEO to the most junior members of staff. Cybercriminals don’t discriminate when it comes to who they’re targeting. Yes, hackers tend to attack top level executives because of their level of access to sensitive company information, which means a potentially higher payoff. C-level personnel are also more likely to convince the IT department to bend the rules for them. But they will take advantage of any weaknesses in your IT security armour, and that weakness can be at the top or bottom of your corporate structure.
Train, train and train again
One of the greatest problems with corporate training programmes is that many employees don’t see the value in what they’re learning. And one of the greatest problems with training programmes is that they lack the depth and breadth to sufficiently drive real behavioural changes and reduce insider risk. The programme should illustrate how being mindful of the risks applies to business and personal activities. And some form of cybersecurity training should be included in employee onboarding programmes.
It’s also essential to remember that we’re all human and people make mistakes. Understanding how to respond, should something go wrong, must be included as part of the training activities. This means communicating instructions about what to do should an incident occur, which can include details like physically unplugging a computer from the network and notifying administrators of any suspicious activity. All of this training must happen before a breach occurs so that the situation can be handled as quickly as possible.
At Internet Solutions, we have all the security solutions you need to transform your employees from your biggest weakness to your greatest strength. If you’re still not convinced of the risks, take a look at this Cybersecurity Trend Report for 2017. This report unpacks everything you need to know about the cybersecurity landscape.