The nature of many of today’s businesses is building one product over and over and over. When you have that level of repetitiveness, it helps people find their niche, yes, but it can also result in the attention given to the task to suffer. While a disengaged employee is nothing new, they can cause some operational problems. By and large, a couple of staff hiccups won’t have a huge impact on your business, unless that lack of engagement impacts your cybersecurity. That’s because there are some threats out there that could absolutely cripple your business’ ability to sustain operations. Today, we’ll talk about how to get your staff to care about malware, hackers, and the like.
The average employee comes to work and does their job. That doesn’t sound like a problem, until you start hearing the usual, “that isn’t my job” excuse to why things are going haywire. You need to make it known that solid cybersecurity practices are, in fact, part of the job you are paying them for. Employees don’t often see how it is their responsibility to protect the business from cyberattacks, but 90 percent of cybercrime happens as a result of user error. The truth is phishing attacks can absolutely bury your business. Making sure your staff understands that they are on the front lines is imperative.
The best way to get the people that work for you to understand where their efforts fit in is to put together a comprehensive data security policy. By outlining all the ways their actions have an effect on the organization’s network security, it will become clear that they have a significant role to play in mitigating threats. You will also want to provide thorough training so that they completely understand what it is they are working to avoid.
Cybersecurity awareness training costs companies a lot of capital and time. This expense is not without its risks, however. Before you spend thousands of dollars to have a professional come in and train your staff, only to have them make a mistake anyway, we thought we’d help by providing some of the main talking points you would find in the curriculum of one of these cybersecurity awareness courses.
Educating your employees is an essential step in protecting your data, your clients’ data, and your business’ reputation.
If you would like help ensuring your staff understands your organization’s security strategies and follows industry best practices, reach out to KT Connections today at 605-341-3873.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.