Cyber security is an increasingly pressing area for many businesses, and while tech companies have sometimes been ahead of the curve, the problem is beginning to affect all kinds of industries, threatening their assets, data and profits.
In response, many businesses turn to expensive cyber security systems and programmes, as well as specialists, to oversee the security of their computer networks and data. While these can all be hugely beneficial for maintaining an effective cyber security presence, determined attackers will always go for the weakest link. Too often, companies neglect to instruct their employees in basic cyber security training, allowing them to make simple mistakes, through which data can easily become compromised.
Training employees in cyber security, therefore, can be one of the most cost effective preventative measures a company can undertake. Here are a few things which should be prioritised when instructing workers in the basic principles of security.
Keeping networks clean
The first line of defence for any company with regards to cyber security should always be the software installed on their machines. Yet too often, companies have unclear rules over what can be installed by their employees – or even worse, no rules at all. The result can be the accidental accumulation of potentially harmful software which can compromise network and data security – employees must be told in clear terms about what they can – and cannot – keep on their work computers.
Keeping an eye out
Employees should also be informed as to what constitutes suspicious behaviour on networks. If employees are ignorant as to how data can become compromised or insecure, they will not be able to report on any problems that may arise. This is vital – employees work on the systems day to day, and can easily notice subtle changes – but they can’t report every minor change, unless they know what could be a data breach.
As well as the above, it’s always worth instructing employees in the basics of IT security. The best practices for creating and changing passwords, two-factor authentication and backup up data might seem simple, but they could be what stands between you and a hugely expensive loss of data.