The Essential Cybersecurity Toolkit is the headline for this series of posts on the critical topic of cybersecurity for small businesses (SMB).
Simply stated, cybersecurity are technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a recent report from AT&T, 62% of businesses acknowledged they experienced some sort of a cyber-attack. Last year, in 2016, these incidents had become even more common. For today’s companies, falling victim to one of these attacks is no longer a question of “if” but “when.”
Today’s employees are connected to the Internet all day every day, communicating with colleagues and stakeholders, sharing critical information and jumping from site to site. With hackings, data breaches and ransomware attacks on the rise, it is essential for all companies to plan for the worst, with mandatory cybersecurity trainings for all employees and with the recommended solutions for mitigating the risks. Today’s data threats do not discriminate; businesses of all sizes are susceptible to attacks. However, SMBs are often less prepared to deal with security threats than their larger counterparts do. The reasons for this vary from business to business, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that SMBs often have fewer resources to devote to cybersecurity efforts.
This blog post, in partnership with datto contains practical advice and easy tips for training employees on cybersecurity and industry best practices with real-world examples. We also outline the essential solutions designed to help today’s businesses defend against and recover from a cybersecurity incident. There has never been a better time for this topic!
CYBERSECURITY TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES
According to over 1,000 IT service providers, the lack of cybersecurity awareness amongst employees is a leading cause of a successful ransomware attack against an SMB. That being said, employee training is a top component of a successful cybersecurity protection program and most likely the only way to ensure all staff understand the cyber threats they face and, most importantly, what they should look for in order to avoid falling victim to them.
Cyber Scams 101
In 2016, it was estimated that roughly 80% of U.S. companies had suffered a cyber-attack of some kind, with 47% experiencing a “ransomware incident.” At the root of the majority of ransomware attacks is the tactic of social engineering, leveraged by hackers, which involves manipulating a person or persons in order to access corporate systems and private information. Social engineering plays into human nature’s inclination to trust. For cyber criminals, it is the easiest method for obtaining access to a private corporate system. After all, why would they spend the time trying to guess someone’s password when they can simply ask for it themselves? Let’s help employees help themselves.
In our next post, we’ll share a quick and dirty overview of todays most common and effective social engineering scams. This is the list to hand your employees on their very first day. Why not include it in their “Welcome” packet? If they don’t know these leading hacker tactics, they WILL fall for them.
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