Cyber Security: Your staff are your greatest weakness

A threat from within…


Cyber Security: Your staff are your greatest weakness
Posted on: 25 July 2017
By: Jamie Turvey, Marketing Executive

It’s not a nice headline to read, but sadly, when it comes to cyber security your staff, unknowingly, can quite easily jeopardise the security of your company. Cyber-criminals not only know this, but use it to their advantage.

It doesn’t matter if you have the greatest cyber security protection available, unfortunately, cyber security is only as strong as your least cyber-savvy member of staff, and this is where the problem lies. It’s no secret we’re seeing a monumental upsurge in cyber-attacks and a leading cyber security research company, CyberEdge, who analyse cyber-threats globally, announced in their 2017 annual report that several causes of cyber-attacks stemmed from uneducated members of staff. Their report highlighted business’ number one problem in establishing an effective defence was “low security among employees”. The second biggest obstacle was “lack of skilled employees”.

A threat close to home…

Cyber security awareness training for staff is critical for protecting a business from cyber-threats, but in the UK, more often than not it’s being overlooked. ISACA, an international, independent IT governing body, found in a recent study that half of UK office workers feel that employees are provided with no cyber security awareness training at all. 

The study also revealed that more than three quarters (76%) of UK office workers didn’t know what ransomware was and 36% can’t define what a phishing attack is. Which is particularly concerning when ransomware and phishing attacks prey on office workers clicking a malicious link. From the study, 1 in 5 confirmed they had been victim of a phishing attack. 

As employees are your weakest link, they are also the most targeted. However, threats are constantly evolving and employees may recognise the dangers of opening a “dodgy” email attachment, but staff are less likely to understand cyber-attackers can target company printers and personal mobile phones too.

This is all preventable.

Staff, at the very least, should be regularly reminded of the dangers they can present on a day-to-day basis and should be encouraged to become an active part of their company’s cyber security strategy. 

A threat CyberGuard can help resolve…

CyberGuard Technologies, a division of OGL Computer, a company that’s been in business for over 40 years, and understands the industry, are aware that well educated staff can help prevent cyber-crime.

CyberGuard understands the importance of regular, engaging methods of educating staff on how they can help prevent their company from falling victim to cyber-attacks. They offer thorough training to teach employees about data storage, application downloads, passwords, spam email, backing up work and much more.

To engage with staff, CyberGuard’s awareness training offers an array of methods to keep office workers on their toes and includes:

  • Monthly phishing attacks performed company-wide
  • Bi-annual spear attacks looking at high risk departments
  • Quarterly password checks
  • Bi-annual USB drops and desk checks
  • On-demand video training
  • Monthly cyber security newsletter

Businesses are relying on staff who lack awareness of how to protect and respond to cyber-threats. This is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why we are seeing a growth in cyber-criminals targeting businesses every day. This problem will only continue unless companies invest in awareness training.

For more information on CyberGuard Technologies awareness training visit: www.cg-tech.co.uk/security-awareness-training

Sources:

www.isaca.org
www.cyber-edge.com
www.itgovernance.co.uk
 

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