Companies are starting to notice their cybersecurity starts with their employees. Last week we talked about how cybercriminals can shutter your business. Read the final story below in the 2-part series, identifying some safety precautions when working online.
Although ransomware attacks reportedly declined from 638 million in 2016 to 184 million in 2017, according to Statista, this method has been used to target a tremendous number of small and mid-sized outfits.
The common attitude among cybercriminals is that decision-makers will ultimately weigh the cost of paying the ransom against potential profit losses and do the math. Hackers understand that poorly defended organizations are likely to negotiate and pay up. That’s why valued employees must remain vigilant and be a sort of human firewall if you will.
Proactive industry leaders are tasked with training employees and also determining which team members could be considered at risk. An IT support team can utilize training videos, create a cybersecurity policy and implement it by working with groups and individuals. But once the hands-on work has been completed, it’s imperative that companies conduct ongoing cybersecurity evaluations. These are logical methods to consider.
- Identify team members who could be best targeted by hackers.
- Deploy unscheduled mock cyber attacks.
- Create and release convincing but harmless mock ransomware links via email.
- Require employees to complete cybersecurity training modules.
- Require advanced training for those who are tripped up by mock cyber attack drills.
We may be living in a golden age of technology, but our everyday fallibility remains the threshold that cybercriminals use to break into our business systems and rob our valued customers and us of critical data. One of the primary ways to avoid joining the 60 percent who are out of business is to make team members aware of cyber dangers and provide them with the skills to combat cybercriminals.