Cybersecurity and your employees: Do they know the risks?
You take all the necessary security measures. Firewalls, Anti-Virus, Backups Onsite and offsite, SPAM filters etc. But your biggest vulnerability in your business comes from your employees and the awareness on how to deal with phishing attacks.
So how do you address this serious issue?
- Password policy’s are important and should be enforced. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long to be effective. When creating a password policy, bear in mind that the most prevalent attacks are Dictionary attacks. Most people utilize real words for their passwords. Hackers will typically try all words before trying a brute force attack. Instead of words, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. The longer the password, the stronger it is. While it’s difficult to remember passwords across different platforms, try not to repeat passwords. This will protect all other accounts in the event of a breach on one of your accounts.
- Education is key to keeping employees aware of the latest methods criminals use to try to trick you. Regular Employee training is the most effective method available to combating this problem. We recommend doing this on a quarterly basis to ensure that your employees stay on their toes, and you always provide education on the latest attacks.
- Protect all Mobile Phones, you can safeguard as much as humanly possible on your network, but your employees are all walking in with a cell phone. Are they allowed to get emails on these phones? What about gaining access to the network remotely? Cell phones create a big black hole in security without proper mobile device management and mobile security.
- Make sure that your software is up-to-date with all the latest security patches. Holding off on updates means that you’re leaving yourself open to vulnerabilities that have been discovered and addressed.
- Security is not something for cost savings. Home-based hardware is not sufficient, and you at the very least need a quality firewall and backup device. Invest in your employee’s training, ongoing security updates.
There are two things that aren’t going away in any business, employees and security threats. Make sure that you’ve taken care of everything you can to avoid falling victim.
Prestige computer Solutions offers Lunch and Learn training classes to businesses in and around the Middle Georgia Area. We hold classes in our facility in Warner Robins and Macon Georgia.
You can book online here for the next lunch and learn, Hacking the Hacker.