Despite the antivirus software, firewall technologies and other IT security measures that your business has in place, modern social engineering methods such as phishing circumvent those measures and prey directly on untrained and unaware staff members.

Even if risks are managed through your intranet, email threats can still get through on other platforms that employees use on their network devices. As a result, you can have the best technical safeguards, but the human element makes your IT vulnerable to cyber attacks.

To Get More Secure Educate Your Users To Create A Human Firewall

It’s essential to train your staff on how to recognize and stop social engineering attacks before they affect your business in Michiana. Providing Security Awareness Training for employees is the easiest way to get more secure and avoid compromising IT attacks.

However, 55 % of businesses aren’t providing this training. As a result, most users aren’t educated about cybersecurity. Studies show that 1 out of 4 employees don’t know what the most common cybersecurity threats are, how to recognize them and how to avoid being victimized. They could be checking personal emails, hitting up social media sites, or doing things that leave a business wide open for an attack.

Statistics don’t lie. Small businesses are in the hackers’ “bull’s eye.”

  • 43 percent of cyberattacks target small businesses.
  • Only 14 percent of small businesses rate their ability to mitigate cyber risks, vulnerabilities and attacks as highly effective.
  • 60 percent of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack.
  • 48 percent of data security breaches are caused by acts of malicious intent. Human error or system failure account for the rest.
  • In 2017 alone, cybercrime cost the world an estimated $600 billion, according to CNBC.

Your end users are constantly being targeted by phishing messages and other business security threats via emails, on social media, and when handling day-to-day functions. Your business faces significant risks unless your users are adequately trained.

Train On More Than Awareness

Even those businesses in Michiana that offer security training often do so in a limited fashion. According to Mimecast, only about 6% conduct cybersecurity training sessions or courses on a monthly basis. Four percent of business owners do training four times a year, and nine percent only require training when they bring in a new hire. And, many just send out a mass email with cybersecurity tips every now and then.

Traditional forms of security awareness training focus on trying to raise security awareness. It’s assumed that, if users are aware of the risks, they won’t be at risk of being victimized by hackers. This assumption is false. It’s helpful to raise awareness, but you need to train people to change their behavior as well.

Just increasing security awareness rarely changes users’ behaviors. You can spend days teaching them about security threats, but they’ll go back to their desks, continue working and ignore security warnings.

Train To Change Your Users’ Behaviors

The right Security Awareness Training is a formal process that increases your users’ security awareness, elicits secure behaviors, and develops a culture of security. In a secure business culture, employees don’t just try to avoid attacks; they consciously and actively work to prevent them.

For example, phishing emails are designed to do one thing: trick unsuspecting users into taking an action that will in some way benefit the attacker. To combat this, your trained users will change the way they handle emails.

The right training will educate your staff to:

  • Know how to identify and address suspicious emails, phishing attempts, social engineering tactics, and more.
  • How to use technology without exposing data and other assets to external threats by accident.
  • How to respond when they suspect that an attack is occurring or has occurred.

Work With An IT Solutions Provider Skilled In Security Training

Security Awareness should be just as important to a business operation as any other form of training. It’s critical that you get proactive about training and make it a priority over the long term. Make the decision to train your employees properly.

Work with an IT solutions provider skilled in cybersecurity training:

  • They will help you make cybersecurity a mandatory part of your training processes, such as safety training.
  • They will also provide cybersecurity training modules that employees can use in their spare time throughout the day.
  • They’ll be up-to-date on the latest threats and can train your employees to recognize and avoid them.
  • And if your employees are tricked into clicking a malicious link, they’ll know what to do.

By focusing on awareness, behavioral and cultural change, your IT provider can help you prevent advanced attacks and keep your business data safe.

Blue Star IT Services & Solutions serves businesses in South Bend, Goshen, Elkhart and all of Michiana. We can show you how the right Security Awareness Training can protect your employees and business from cybercrime.

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Published on 5th March 2019 by Jon Morningstar

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