What would it take for your business to be taken down by a ransomware attack? Is there enough security in place to deter a hacker? Could an employee take down the company? These are all real questions to ask yourself as you’re considering whether it’s worth it to have cybersecurity as part of your IT services.
In a recent article about cybersecurity, Andrew Ellenberg tells the story of Dereck who was ahead of the curve in terms of digitizing his business, until the day it was all taken down by hackers. Dereck still has PTSD from the experience. The story brings the question of how secure your business information is, and the level of access employees have. Rather than giving carte blanche, even in a small business, it makes sense to have protocols and standards in place to prevent what happened to Dereck, but how do you engage employees in the process? We offer our ideas.
- Educate Employees. With employees working from home or on a hybrid schedule, it can be easy to drop the ball when it comes to employee engagement, but it still is important. This includes educating employees about security risks and the need for cybersecurity. By providing information, you’re telling employees that you understand the risks of breaches. If the employee wanted to hack into the system the knowledge that security measures are in place, could deter them from doing so, at least at your company.
- Limit Access. To that end, we highly recommend that no matter the size of your business, limit access to data. Everyone on the team does not need to know financial information about the business, for example. Putting the limits in place, your management team knows exactly who has access to which information. In case of a breach, it may be easier to assess where the breach occurred and fix it with minimal downtime.
- Supply Secure Access. As more people are working from home, there are concerns about the use of the home internet versus a secure work internet or even a VPN at home. VPN provides a secure path to specific data that can be accessed remotely. That means employees can access what they need in a secure environment. This should be part of a cybersecurity plan to mitigate risk.
- Prevent Phishing Scams. Hackers are getting good at making email messages look like they are from legitimate sources. Educate employees on phishing scams to help them identify a scam. Companies are using email notices in the body of emails to show if the source is legitimate or a possible scam; it’s part of a larger cybersecurity plan. This is how an employee could accidentally cause a security breach.
- Reduce Stress. Like Derreck who we mentioned earlier, your employees can be stressed after a cyberattack. To reduce stress, it is important to communicate the importance of cybersecurity measures, how to identify scams, and where to report suspicious activity. Without this information, employees are left to themselves and stay worried about another event like they just experienced.
When it comes to engaging employees in cybersecurity, it’s about communication and education. If they know what to look for and why certain measures are put in place, they will be less stressed and can focus on the business. When left with uncertainty, employees can lose faith in their employer, or worse, accidentally or intentionally breach security. As an employer, it’s your job to make employees feel engaged and safe in the workplace.
If you’re ready to create a more secure workplace with Cybersecurity IT Services, we’d love to talk to you.