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Enhancing Employee Cybersecurity Awareness: Mitigating Risks

23 June, 2018

While you diligently implement essential security measures such as firewalls, antivirus software, onsite and offsite backups, and SPAM filters, among others, it’s essential to recognize that the most significant vulnerability within your business ecosystem stems from your employees and their understanding of handling phishing attacks.

How can you effectively address this critical concern?

Enforcement of Robust Password Policies: The establishment and enforcement of stringent password policies stand as a fundamental step. Passwords should contain a minimum of 8 characters for optimal effectiveness. It’s imperative to acknowledge that dictionary attacks are a common threat. Many individuals use easily guessable real words for their passwords. Hackers often exhaust dictionary words before resorting to brute-force techniques. To enhance password strength, encourage the use of combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. The longer the password, the greater its resilience. While managing passwords across diverse platforms can be challenging, avoiding repetition across accounts adds an extra layer of security, ensuring that a breach in one account doesn’t compromise others.

Prioritizing Ongoing Education: An informed workforce is your first line of defense against the evolving tactics of cybercriminals. Consistent employee training is the most potent strategy in combating this issue. We recommend quarterly training sessions to keep your employees vigilant. Providing education about the latest attack methodologies is paramount.

Securing Mobile Devices: While your network may be fortified, mobile phones represent a potential vulnerability. Consider the extent to which employees are allowed to use their phones for emails and remote network access. Effective mobile device management and mobile security protocols are indispensable to prevent potential breaches originating from these devices.

Sustaining Software Security: Timely updates are critical for maintaining software security. Delaying updates exposes your systems to known vulnerabilities that security patches have already addressed.

Investing in Comprehensive Security Measures: Cutting corners on security is not an option. Basic home-based hardware falls short of safeguarding your business. A robust firewall and quality backup device are foundational, and investment in continuous employee training and security updates further bolsters your defenses.

In the always-changing world of business, employees and the threat of security breaches are constants. Ensuring comprehensive cybersecurity measures is pivotal to avoiding vulnerabilities.

At Prestige Computer Solutions, we offer Lunch and Learn training sessions tailored to businesses in the Middle Georgia Area. Our sessions are conducted at our Warner Robins and Macon facilities. Join us to fortify your business against cyber threats. For more information and to reserve your spot in our upcoming “Hacking the Hacker” session, book online now.

23 June, 2018