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See if you notice the gap here: according to a recent report, 91% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email, yet cybersecurity training for employees is vastly underutilized in virtually every type of organization. How do you look at that statistic and not run immediately to human resources to make cybersecurity training mandatory for all employees? We can’t be totally sure, but we can offer some great background on the effect employees have on your company’s cybersecurity posture and tips for how to improve with training, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this blog post. If you want to act now to begin tightening up the security habits of your employees or coworkers, download our recent complimentary ebook, 10 Simple Things to Improve Your Company's Cybersecurity Posture.
The Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report was released earlier this year. A few of the main topics the report focuses on are: How has the cybersecurity landscape changed in the past year? What are the latests threats to cybersecurity? How have behaviors from both attackers and defenders changed? As you’ve no doubt heard us discuss before, improving your company’s cybersecurity posture is a huge responsibility, and the data in this report can help.
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“We’re really excited to start creating our disaster recovery plan!” Said no one, ever. Perhaps it’s not the most exciting project, but do you want to know what’s less fun than working on a disaster recovery plan? Working to fix a disaster that happened with no contingency in place. Just like having insurance, a disaster recovery plan is designed so that when the worst happens you have support, guidance and resources to correct the issue and move on. From a technology standpoint, this is essential for business continuity, and in some cases, compliance. One misconception about disaster planning is that it’s some huge gorilla of a project that requires significant effort and investment. The truth is it doesn’t have to be, and there are a lot of things you can do on a small scale that have a big effect.
Why you need an IT consultant is the same reason why you need innovation at the workplace—the continued and sustained growth of your company. In a fast-paced world of increased consumer choice and quick-moving competitors, innovation through use of technology isn’t just a nice thing to have; it’s essential for growth. Many organizations don’t have the time or resources to achieve technological gains in house. They usually have other day-to-day responsibilities that consume their time leaving little left to think about innovative strategies. Technology, when applied properly, doesn’t just benefit the IT department—it helps every part of the business run more smoothly and achieve at a higher level.
The way people work today is fundamentally different than it used to be. The workplace is dependent on technology, and most companies store their sensitive data in locations that are vulnerable to hackers. In addition, as more devices join the Internet of Things, possible points of attack multiply quickly. Cyber criminals have adapted to this new normal. They now have more opportunities to do what they do best, and they are taking advantage of every weakness. Even though cybersecurity tools and strategies are always improving, breaches are still occurring on a regular basis and the privacy of our information continues to be questioned.
What’s the #1 reason to create (and enforce) a small business cybersecurity policy? Getting hacked poses a serious risk for your business, if it hasn't already happened. Hacking, viruses, phishing, malware, worms, Trojans—cyber attacks go by various names, but the common denominator is that everyone has the potential to be attacked. Seriously, everyone—from the well-publicized 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee to the daily cyber attacks of more than 25 million small businesses in the US, it happens to everyone. So what’s a small business owner to do—throw up his hands (and his customers’ financial info) and give up? Far from it.