The Basics of Cybersecurity for Your Employees

Cybersecurity Basics for Your Employees February Blog 3

When it comes to running a company, there are certain risks involved. The key to maintaining a healthy business is to find ways to minimize these risks. One of the more troublesome threats a company can face is cybercrime. As is true with any type of risk, the best way to mitigate the danger posed by cyberthreats is to take preventive steps. In this blog, we’re going to talk about cybersecurity tips you and your staff can use to protect your network.

The Basics of Cybersecurity

Regardless of the size of your company, it’s necessary to protect it from data breaches and leaks. Just one successful attack could result in substantial financial loss, reputational damage, loss of customer trust, and more. Expanding your cybersecurity knowledge can keep you from becoming the victim of a cyberattack. The first step is to become well-versed in the basics of cybersecurity.  

To learn the basics of cybersecurity, you need to implement employee training for cybersecurity. From providing educational materials to performing simulated attacks, these measures build cyberthreat awareness across your company. With this knowledge, your team has what they need to understand cyberthreats, how to avoid them, and what to do if there is a real attack.

Through proper training, your employees can make smart decisions while online. This can go a long way in keeping them and your business safe. However, it’s not enough to learn the basics of cybersecurity; you and your employees must also follow cybersecurity best practices on a regular basis. Doing both further improves your overall security posture.

Cybersecurity Best Practices

Cybersecurity best practices are all the good cybersecurity habits you and your employees should be following throughout your day-to-day operations. You may already know a few, like following your employee cybersecurity policy, keeping your network updated, or installing antivirus tools. Here are some other tips you can use to strengthen your security:

Conduct a Security Assessment

Cybercriminals are still a problem because they work continuously to find ways around your security measures. To prevent a cyberattack, you need to stay one step ahead with a clear understanding of your IT infrastructure.

A security assessment can provide the clarity you need. Through an assessment, you can find out where your IT environment is vulnerable, then apply specific solutions to fix those security flaws. 

If your team has advanced IT capabilities, you could conduct an assessment on your own. But for most companies that know only the basics of cybersecurity, an assessment is best left to the experts. An MSP can perform a comprehensive analysis of your systems with objective recommendations on how you can enhance your existing security measures.

Be Cautious of Phishing

Phishing is a social engineering tactic that’s designed to trick you into performing an action or divulging information. The most common way this is done is through email or pop-up windows, which may ask you to click on a link or open a file that’s attached to the message.

Always be wary and never put personal or company information in an email or pop-up. These scams tend to have spelling mistakes or suspicious web domains. Keep an eye out for these errors and don’t forget to report anything you think is less than trustworthy to your MSP.

Create Strong Passwords

Although it may seem obvious that you should always use strong passwords, you’d be surprised to learn how many people use passwords like password1 or something similar out of convenience. While strong passwords can be a hassle, it’s important to remember the purpose of passwords in the first place: to prevent others from accessing your account.

A good password should use a mix of random characters, numbers, capitalization, and symbols. The passwords you create should also be changed regularly to keep them from becoming compromised. If you’re worried about having to remember complex passwords, installing a password manager is a good idea. It stores all of your passwords, so you only have to remember the one that’s for the manager.

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

On top of using strong passwords, your organization should also implement multi-factor authentication (MFA). This is a security measure that requires two or more credentials to verify someone’s identity, creating a layered defense against unauthorized access to information, accounts, or even physical locations. It may be less convenient than simply typing in your username and password, but it’s also a much safer security option. In fact, when Google enabled MFA by default, they saw a 50% drop in compromised accounts.

Use a Virtual Private Network

When telecommuting, it can be tempting to work in other environments away from home. While there’s nothing wrong with working in a library or coffee shop, your remote employees should be wary of using publicly available internet. If they want to connect to a public network, they should only do so with a virtual private network (VPN).  

A VPN provides privacy and anonymity, shielding your staff’s digital activities from others on the network by encrypting the connection. This means your remote team can access business files and applications while being virtually untraceable by others.

Offboard Former Employees as Soon as Possible

Regardless of how an employee left your company, it’s important to remove their accounts as soon as they’re out the door. If a former employee can still access their accounts after leaving, they may be able to look at sensitive company information, or that employee’s old account could be exploited by a cybercriminal to gain access to your system without raising alarms.

Enhance Your Cybersecurity With The Millennium Group

The Millennium Group specializes in industry-leading managed IT and cybersecurity solutions. As your partner, we are committed to helping you overcome cyberthreats. We take the time to understand your business so our team can implement cybersecurity measures that make sense for you. 

Contact us today to learn more about the basics of cybersecurity.