Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity is essential, but having policies in place may not be enough to protect your organization. You need to ensure that your employees respect and follow your security policies.

October is cybersecurity awareness month and that means it’s time to start thinking about your organization’s security posture. Do you have IT security systems in place to detect, prevent, and thwart potential threats? It’s great to have automated security, but your security systems are only secure if your employees follow your policies.

In this article, we’ll discuss why the buck stops with your team and why security, training, and enforcement are all critical elements for keeping your organization secure.

Why IT Security Training Is Critical

IT security systems won’t go very far if some of your employees are doing things like sharing login credentials, logging into the company network from public Wi-Fi, and sharing sensitive data through emails. Although it’s not always intentional, all of these actions can lead to serious security incidents. That’s why cybersecurity is not just encouraged, it’s essential..

Some of the most common security issues happen in the following ways:

  • A remote employee logs onto their company network from public, unsecured Wi-Fi. That Wi-Fi network turns out to be a decoy network broadcast by a hacker who then gains access to the company’s network using the employee’s credentials.
  • An employee is fired and wants to get revenge, so they ask a coworker to borrow their login credentials, stating theirs don’t work. The coworker shares their login credentials because they don’t know the other employee has just been fired. The fired employee then deletes gigabytes of important data.
  • An employee sends sensitive client data over email without encrypting the email or password-protecting an attached PDF file. Their email gets hacked and the data is exposed, causing the company to pay hefty fines for violating data privacy laws.
  • An employee falls for a phishing attack sent over email and hands over company data or login credentials to a hacker. A penetration test will discover just how easily your team will fall for these attacks.
  • A key employee downloads ransomware from a spoofed email and all their files get encrypted, causing serious delays in their ability to get their work done.

These are just some examples of how security incidents can happen when employees are careless with sensitive data. However, with cybersecurity awareness training and policy enforcement, you can create a team that will actively seek to protect your organization. Cybersecurity threats grow exponentially each year, but you can protect your business with the right systems and employee training.

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Why You Need a Strong BYOD Policy

If you have remote workers, remote contractors, or if you allow employees to use their own devices for work, a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy should be part of your security training. People tend to be more efficient when using a familiar device, but this puts your company at risk.

A BYOD policy defines how personal devices can be used to access company networks and store company data. For example, your BYOD policy might require employees to use a VPN to encrypt all traffic when using a public Wi-Fi connection. Another part of your policy might include requiring the employee to install software that monitors their activity and/or can wipe the device remotely if it gets lost or stolen.

Having a strong BYOD policy is a start, but simply having a policy isn’t enough. You also need to enforce your policy and train your employees so that following the policy becomes second nature.

Enforce Your IT Security Policies

During cybersecurity awareness month, it’s important to remember that enforcing your IT security policies is part of training your employees. Enforcing a security policy violation tells everyone that following the policies is mandatory and will make employees take them more seriously. When employees take IT security policies seriously, they are more likely to become second nature. For example, you could make sharing login credentials a fireable offense. It may seem harsh, but all it takes is one instance of shared credentials to destroy your company. And when someone does share credentials, you’ll need to follow through and fire them so nobody else thinks it’s possible to wiggle out of the consequences.

You can also enforce some of your security policies through automation. For example, if your policy requires all emails to be encrypted, then install encryption software that will encrypt all communications so there’s no chance of a mistake.

Use Ongoing IT Security Awareness Training To Maintain Awareness

Finally, part of employee cybersecurity awareness training requires ongoing training to maintain awareness. Employees can get comfortable in their habits, and if you don’t check in once in a while to refresh them on security policies, they might become complacent about security.

Ongoing IT security awareness training is also an excellent way to inform your team regarding new policies and systems and to get their feedback on any issues they may be experiencing.

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