For an organization to be successful, critical goals of all team members involve a shared investment in its future. Is cybersecurity a shared priority?
How invested is your team in the success of your company? How careful is your team when it comes to network protection and cybersecurity? How aware are team members of your security protocols and risks? Basic information assurance training is no longer effective as a means of self-awareness and protection, nor is it a reliable indicator of the level of awareness of your collective team.
It’s no longer enough to include a combination of letters and numbers in your passwords. Today’s sophisticated cybercriminals have an arsenal of tools that can crack a password in a matter of moments, and we need to be far more vigilant with our data.
What is the greatest threat to every organization in the world? It’s no longer the threat of someone picking a lock or breaking a glass window to get inside an office building; the only assets to gain are low-end computers that burglars can’t re-sell quickly. To say cybercrime is on the rise is the proverbial understatement of the year. Cybercrime tools and services are being marketed on the Internet – and there’s little we can (successfully) do to stop it at the grassroots level.
The primary tools a hacker needs are a computer and an Internet connection to access a network. What is the primary goal of a hacker? The simple answer is, to cause harm. Nearly half of all cyber attacks focus on small businesses because they are easier targets – small businesses don’t have the deep pockets that global organizations do to invest in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities can end a small business.
The majority of global enterprises are targeted multiple times each year, with hackers relentlessly seeking the smallest weakness in a network to gain access. Once a hacker gains access, the impact on a business can range from ID theft to ransomware and countless other circumstances, and none of them with positive outcomes. Only those infiltrations with the greatest impact are heard about, and it’s not because of the volume of data, or the number of consumers whose personally identifiable information (PII) were compromised, though this is newsworthy. We hear about the successful cyber attacks as a lesson in how to better protect ourselves, and to become more aware of our vulnerabilities.
Consider the first three questions we asked:
These three questions share one focus: security. Security leads to success, which is a byproduct of longevity. Companies with a commitment to cybersecurity awareness training for its teams fare better in cyber attacks. These same organizations often have a higher overall degree of awareness among end users.
Four key areas outline your cybersecurity awareness program:
Cybersecurity awareness levels range from nonexistent to maximum security, and today it pays to know where your company – and your team – ranks.
The greatest obstacle at each step outlined above is the “unknown” factor. You may not fully comprehend the skills and expertise required to determine your company’s baseline, or set and achieve goals. We recommend working with a cybersecurity expert to determine your level of awareness and establish a long-term plan. Communication and understanding are key aspects of the best relationships, as well as your maximum-security protection. The importance of ongoing training and awareness cannot be stressed enough!
Outlining a comprehensive cybersecurity awareness program with ongoing training is a daunting task, but one that will keep you from being the next victim of a cybercriminal.