How to Prepare Your Employees for Increased Cyber-Attacks
Cybercriminals do not discriminate when it comes to cyber-attacks. They will use any chance they get to steal data, break into systems, and jeopardize business operations and it can be costly! Ransomware attacks have continued to rise over the last few years – not only by frequency but by price paid in ransom.
Employees are the biggest threats to cyber security, meaning they are typically responsible for any data breaches that occur within an organization whether they are aware of it or not. The key is to make all employees mindful of cyber-attacks and the severity of data breaches.
- Spotting Phishing Attacks: Clicking links in phishing emails can lead to malicious software being installed on your system. Be sure your employees know how to spot these emails, which usually are filled with grammatical errors.
- Stop Bad Password Habits: Re-using the same passwords across different accounts, or even just having too simple of a password, can make it easy for hackers to get into inboxes. Passwords should be changed regularly and be at least 8 characters long, including a combination of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and special characters. Introduce your employees to a Password Manager if they don’t already use one as it can be extremely beneficial and convenient.
- Software Updates are a Must: Make sure all employees install any critical software updates that are needed as they are needed (but only from reliable sources).
- Implement Employee Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Regular Reminders: Little snip-bits of trainings here and there to reinforce cybersecurity awareness can help your employees stay on top of it. It’s also a great idea to send out frequent reminders of what your employees should be doing (such as password changes and software updates), as well as any new threats to look out for.
At CATS Technology, we are always available to discuss any Cybersecurity concerns you may have, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us! 732-204-710.
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