Cyber Security Awareness
October 4, 2017 - October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security. This is especially relevant after the recent hack of Equifax and other large companies. What are you doing to help make your employees more aware of cyber security practices? Do you offer regular training? Take a look at these articles, all of which are focused on ways to increase employees’ awareness of and participation in cyber security.
Creating a security culture at a company can be complicated. The survey found that 65% of employees recognize their responsibility to protect confidential information, but many said security programs limit their productivity. Of those who received cyber security training at work, 24% admitted they went ahead and used unsafe behaviors anyway in order to complete a task.
Each year, the number of data breach victims is bigger than the last. This means that every year will be the worst year for data breaches. Despite all the attention on cyber security, we don't seem to be doing very well at making the situation better. People are the problem, but they are also the solution.
Simple improvements in cyber security training can go a long way in protecting your employees from cyber attacks. A strong, security-oriented culture in the workplace can replace the need for security professionals with certification training. If every employee could contribute a little bit to threat identification, the organization as a whole will have benefits similar to having internal security professionals.
Every business that uses the Internet is responsible for creating a culture of security that will enhance business and consumer confidence. In October 2012, the FCC re-launched the Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cyber security plans. The FCC also released an updated one-page Cybersecurity Tip Sheet. The quick resource features new tips on creating a mobile device action plan and on payment and credit card security.
Poor passwords are one of the biggest threats businesses face today. It's easy to see why: All it takes is one password to be stolen for an entire network of computers to be compromised, threatening not just your company's assets, but also those of your customers as well. And as we all know, the most important commodity when conducting business is trust. Once that is lost, even in the case of an outside breach where you weren't directly responsible, it's extremely hard to get it back. What makes things worse is that the hacking game has changed dramatically, even in the last couple of years.
A fire at your place of business doesn't have to mean the end of your company altogether. In fact, approximately 60 percent of all U.S.-based businesses reopen their doors after a disastrous fire. Some companies have even gone on to achieve a great amount of success and profitability after such an event.
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