Cybersecurity in the workplace should be a priority for everyone within a business. However, no matter how many security protocols and guidelines a business has implemented to avoid cyber threats, unless your team are actively engaged with them your business could still be at risk. The safest and most secure work environments occur when team members are actively engaged with the business’ security efforts. There are simple steps your business can take to ensure your employees and customers are protected from cyber threats and privacy breaches. To learn more, see below!
1.Enforce a Password Policy
Team members should be encouraged to change their passwords multiple times throughout the year. This ensures that passwords are kept up to date and reduces the risk of a breach. These passwords should have a required level of complexity with varying characters to reduce the risk of hackers accessing data through your team member’s accounts.
2.Embrace Multi-Factor Authentication
Strengthen your employee’s accounts by embracing multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA adds an extra layer of security by combining two or more independent credentials. Compromising multiple authentication factors poses a unique problem for cybercriminals as even if a password is stolen it is useless without the other verification methods.
3.Learn to recognise Phishing Emails
Data breaches linked to phishing emails are increasing as the frequency of phishing emails has risen in recent times. Employees should be given security training that helps them recognise a phishing email when it is received. There are quick ways to recognise these emails, such as, spelling or grammatical errors, team members should confirm and validate the sender’s email address and then ask themselves “is this email relevant to me?”. If anything seems suspicious, stay cautious and delete the email.
4.Think before you Click
Your employees should always confirm that a hyperlink is safe prior to clicking it. Many cybercrimes that use hyperlinks often use tricks to get individuals to follow a link, like subtly misspelling the original website, asking for compensation, these links can also be an extended or shortened link. To be sure that a hyperlink is safe you should hover over the suspicious link and see where the URL will direct you to. If the address is to a different website, this could be a cyber threat.
5.Train your team
Employees should be continuously trained in cybersecurity, not only will this educate them on the latest cyber threats that are emerging, but it will also help to keep security at the top of their minds. Our Cyber Security Awareness Training can help your team spot potential cyber threats and maintain security within your business.
While all team members should strive to do their best to understand and implement cybersecurity protocols in the workplace, it is essential that managers and businesses ensure their team have the training that is needed to reduce the risk of cyber threats and data breaches. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help your business become more secure!