At Sawyer Solutions, we spend a lot of time talking to small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits about cybersecurity. While your exact requirements may differ, at a minimum, all companies need to have these basics in place to protect business assets.
The Best Investment You Can Make
Employee training is another essential cybersecurity safeguard that often gets overlooked. Usually, that’s because it takes time away from serving clients. However, investing time and money on training your employees on critical cyber safety topics is essential to your business. Your employees must understand that they play a crucial role in keeping your company safe and secure. It’s one of the best investments you can make in your business.
We are not going to cover every possible safety topic here, but there are three areas you should be continually training on.
The topic you should spend the most time educating your employees on is Phishing emails. This is still the preferred method hackers use to infiltrate and cripple your system.
We’ve written in-depth about this topic before, but tricks the bad guys use to gain admittance to valuable resources constantly change, as do the resources they are trying to access. For this reason, you need to make sure your workforce has recurring training on phishing.
If you want to test their phishing alertness, you could enroll your company in a service that will send phishing emails to your employees. This can expose your employees to the current phishing schemes in a safe manner, and help you determine if you need to provide a refresher course.
Safe Browsing Habits
We all know that people are going to use work computers for personal reasons. The most common sites that employees visit offer free games and coupons. Unfortunately, they might also be the place where your employees unknowingly download a virus. Therefore, a good cybersecurity training program should include training to help your employees understand how to use the internet safely.
How to Respond to Scary Pop-up Messages
Another common security-busting tactic by the bad guys is showing you a scary pop-up message after you have been on their site for a pre-determined amount of time. The message usually says that your computer has been compromised and you should call a specific phone number RIGHT NOW!
Your employees need to know what to do and who your company relies on for IT maintenance, so they won’t call the fake phone number or click on a phishing link. This can save your business thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in lost time.
Keep Your Systems and Data Safe
Instituting a simple IT security training program can really make a difference in the strength of your security and go a long way to keeping you and your clients’ data secure.
Sawyer Solutions specializes in keeping businesses safe and secure. Call us if you have questions about what you should be doing or want us to come and do some training with your company.
Let us make cybersecurity easy for your business. Call (844) 448-7767 or send us a message today!