Among the wonderful benefits of the rapidly growing digital age, there are also some negatives. At the top of the list of negatives relating to the digital age are cybersecurity and associated threats. In fact, the number one threat to cybersecurity is people. One wrong click or opened email can open the doors to a web predator with minimal to no effort on their end. For this reason, educating your employees about cybersecurity and making them aware of how to protect themselves and the organization is instrumental.
What is Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is defined as, “the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.” According to Cisco, in any organization cybersecurity threats spread through computers, networks, programs, and data.
Cybersecurity threats come from four primary places:[i]
- Ransomware – A software used by hackers to block access to a computer or its files until a ransom is paid
- Malware – A type of software used to gain access to or damage a computer
- Social Engineering – Takes place when a threat tricks you or your organization into sharing sensitive/private information
- Phishing – A cyber attack through fraudulent emails
Research has shown that “proper training can reduce your risk of cyberattack by 45% to 70%.”[ii] By simply training your employees on protecting themselves from cybersecurity attacks you can significantly reduce your organization’s level of risk.
Any successful cybersecurity awareness training should include at least the following topics:[iii]
- Password best practices
- Email and browser security
- Social engineering
- Avoiding malicious downloads
- Mobile security
- Social media security
- Anti-virus and software updates
- Secure remote working
- Physical security
- Protecting cardholder data
The Importance of Cybersecurity
During a time when everyone has one or multiple mobile devices, and information sharing is becoming instantaneous, protecting your organization from a cyber-attack is crucial. The general population is becoming more and more comfortable with sharing their personal lives and information with the world. Training your employees on cybersecurity best practices cannot wait. Take action and train your employees on cybersecurity awareness to prevent possible cyber-attacks from occurring.