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Make sure your users are educated about cybersecurity risks

I read about it all the time in the news…another company falls victim to cybercrime. Whether it’s a phishing attack or a hacked password, your company can be vulnerable if you don’t take steps to educate your users and secure your systems.

There’s a great new article about this subject in today’s edition of The Telegraph. And it’s particularly noteworthy that it’s a non-US publication, because cybersecurity is an issue for ANY company, not just US-based ones. Our very own Richard Walters, VP of Identity and Access Management, along with Greg Aligiannis, Security Director at Echoworx, and Dave Stanley, Director at Aditinet, provides insight and advice on the subject.

Expert advice on mitigating cybersecurity risks

All three experts point to educating end users as the key component to protecting your company from cyber attacks. Indeed, as Richard Walters says: “Employees are a company’s first line of defense, but they also need to be aware of the security threats out there in order to avoid them.”

Security threats can be harder to spot than you might think. Sure, a lot of tech-savvy folks know about phishing and the dangers of clicking on a link or opening an attachment in a strange email, but they might not be aware that their mobile devices can be be vulnerable to hacking. And if a user syncs a hacked mobile device to your company network…

To combat these risks, Mr. Aligiannis recommends that “training and a ‘seamless integration of preventative measures’ should be ingrained into everyday working life.” I agree, especially with the “seamless” part. Employees are more likely to comply with security procedures if you make things simple for them. 

Mr. Stanley also favors simplicity: “Language around cybersecurity issues should be simple and jargon-free, and messages should encourage personal responsibility and common sense.” The goal is to empower your employees to recognize and avoid security risks, but also encourage them to ask questions if they are unsure of something.

Best practices for reducing cybersecurity risks

Our recent 2015 Insider Risk Report dives into the risks employee behavior can pose to cybersecurity. If you haven’t read it, I recommend that you give it a read. Also, be sure to download our best practices guide for great advice on ways you can reduce this risk.

And check out the complete article in The Telegraph for more insights from Mr. Aligiannis, Mr. Stanley, and Richard Walters. And if you have any questions, we’re happy to provide expert answers. Just give us a call at 800-379-7729, or in the UK, (0)20 3384 2158.

About Kirsten Barta

Kirsten Barta is Sr Marketing Communications Manager at Intermedia