3rd of 3 Cybersecurity Articles
Over the past few articles, we’ve been addressing cybersecurity tips to defend against credential theft. We began our articles by defining credential theft and how your credentials can be compromised. In the previous article, we explained how cybercriminals use stolen credentials and how employees can prevent credential theft. This time we’ll describe why cybersecurity awareness training should be part of your defense strategy against credential theft!
Cybercriminals use the profile information of your users and organization to create targeted spear-phishing campaigns designed to trick your users and steal login credentials. In most instances, they utilize an e-mail address of a trusted officer in the company like the CEO, CFO, and/or a key person in Human Resources. Cybercriminals attempt to hijack accounts, damage your organization’s reputation, or gain access to your network. Both the increase in ransomware attacks and the prevalence of phishing scams reflect cybercriminals’ desire to pursue soft targets that lack the resources or the resolve to adequately protect their IT infrastructure.
Instituting a cybersecurity awareness training program for your staff will significantly reduce the probability of user-related errors and exposures. A primary line of defense of your cybersecurity strategy is often overlooked because users are the weakest link in cybersecurity, given a lack of education and experience.
A very common error of a cybersecurity readiness program is not training your employees and testing them at different time intervals. Creating a human firewall is one of the most important elements of your cybersecurity policy. When your employees follow cybersecurity best practices and report suspicious activity that’s a good start in creating a human firewall against cybercriminals.
Cybersecurity awareness training is the combination of both knowing and doing something to protect a business’s information assets. When an enterprise’s employees are cybersecurity aware, it means they understand what cyber threats are, the potential impact a cyber-attack will have on their business, and the steps required to prevent cybercriminals from entering your online workspace.
A cybersecurity awareness platform should include the following components.
Baseline testing – commence with a simulated phishing attack to assess the phish-prone users
Train your users – work with a partner that utilizes interactive modules, videos, games, posters, and newsletters
Phish your users – utilize a partner with thousands of templates with unlimited usage, and community phishing templates
See the results – if a user fails activate automated training modules. Schedule enterprise-strength reporting.
If you have any questions about how to increase your organization’s defenses against cybersecurity threats; we’re here to help and educate.
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