The threat of a cyber attack to your business is growing, and there are many technological solutions available to offer protection. In this article, we explain why user awareness should underpin these efforts to boost your defences.
Education aids Prevention
The majority of malware still requires a human action to help it execute. Examples of this could be opening a malicious email attachment or downloading a corrupt file from the internet.
An effective cyber risk management policy needs to dedicate time and resources to employee education. Cyber awareness should be discussed throughout the business, and staff should understand that everyone has a role to play in mitigating the risk. Even the most advanced security systems can be breached by new, unrecognised threats.
Increase Employee Awareness
Email is a common way that cyber criminals target businesses. As malware grows in sophistication, you can’t rely on your spam blocker to catch everything. It’s important that your staff can identify the common signs of malicious email.
Such signs include email addresses that don’t appear to match the sender or grammatical errors within the body of the mail. Email from an unknown source should always be treated with extreme caution.
Good password management is another area to be covered in training. A strong password is made up of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Additional good practice is not to use the same password for more than one account.
Build on Education
In a recent guide to creating an effective cyber risk management strategy, the National Cyber Security Centre recommends building upon user education with some additional steps. You should ensure that you have security at your network perimeter and that all machines within the business have malware prevention software.
Another way to limit exposure is to take a proactive approach to managing user privileges. By only giving employees access to the tools required for their job function, less of your systems are exposed in the event of a breach.
Plan for the Worst
While you can significantly mitigate your chances of succumbing to a cyber attack, it’s important to understand that no defence strategy is completely watertight. For this reason, all businesses should have an incident response policy. This details how users report a breach, and the steps the company will take to limit the damage.
It should also cover backup and disaster recovery; how you can get your systems back online and running as quickly as possible.
Expert Help from Air IT
Air IT’s Chief Technology Officer, Sam Reed comments:
“At Air IT, we believe that reducing the risk of a cyber attack comes from a combination of education, systems, and planning. We discuss all of these areas when we’re helping our clients plan their cyber policies.”
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