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Employees are the Biggest Cybersecurity Risk for Your Company

Discover how to protect your business from sophisticated cyberattacks by providing ongoing employee cybersecurity training and creating clear IT rules.  

Why Employees Pose a Cybersecurity Risk to Your Company

Discover how to protect your business from sophisticated cyberattacks by providing ongoing employee cybersecurity training and creating clear IT rules.  

Even the best cybersecurity strategy won’t fully protect your company from cyberattacks if it doesn’t include clear rules and regular cybersecurity training for employees. Recent studies show that human error accounts for the vast majority of data breaches; what is more, hackers know that employees are a weak link in most companies and so use targeted social engineering attacks to access a company’s private information.

What are Social Engineering Attacks?

Social engineering attacks are meant to trick employees into giving hackers access to company information. These types of attacks include:

  • Phishing attacks
  • Email spoofing
  • Spear phishing
  • Whaling
  • Vishing
  • Pretexting
  • Scareware
  • Tailgating

Employees fail for these attacks for a number of reasons. If the message looks like it was sent by the boss, an employee may be hesitant to question it. A hacker posing as a co-worker who needs access to classified information may come across as genuine and people who work in large corporations don’t know all their colleagues and so don’t realize that the hacker is an imposter. At the same time, not all attacks target employees. Whaling, for instance, targets CEOs, executives, and managers. In these attacks, a hacker may pose as a financial institution or client that a company is doing business with.

How to Prevent Social Engineering Attacks

Given the fact that data breach can cost a company a whopping $8 million, it’s wise to do everything possible to reduce the odds of such an attack ever happening to your business. Thankfully, there are ways to help your employees protect your business from a data breach.

Ongoing security training is a must. Regular training sessions make it clear that cybersecurity is a priority in your business. Training helps employees remember the rules and learn about new threats that could cause a potential data breach.

Your business also needs to have clear cybersecurity rules in place. Employees should know what to do if an email or text message asks for classified information. They should know how to use two-factor authentication, how to create and store passwords, and what to do if a mobile device used for work purposes is lost or stolen.

Partnering with an IT managed service provider is one of the best ways to protect your valuable business data from hackers. A good IT managed service will offer an initial cybersecurity assessment of your business to look for vulnerabilities that could put you at risk of a data breach. Furthermore, IT managed services offer employee training, cutting edge software, secure data storage options, and ongoing IT monitoring to keep your system safe and secure.

William Ives Consulting is a leading IT managed service operating in North and South Carolina. The company has more than 35 years of experience and offers same-day, on-site services to keep your IT system safe, secure, and running at an optimal speed at all times. Get in touch with us to learn more or to make an appointment with one of our certified, experienced IT teams.

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