If your employees don’t know how to identify a security threat, how can you expected them avoid them, report it or remove it? The answer is simple, they can’t. No matter how much money you spend on Software and Hardware or how advanced your
cybersecurity strategies are, Employees prove to be the weakest security link in the chain. Without proper education your employees will always be the weakest link on your security chain.
The 2019 State of IT Security Survey noticed that email security and employee training were listed as the top problems faced by IT security professionals. Yet, more than 30% of employees surveyed by Wombat Security Technologies had no clue what phishing or malware was. Which are probably why scams like the Business Email Compromise (BEC) result in whopping losses of over $3 billion (according to an FBI public service announcement, June 14, 2016).
Reports show that out of 1,000 small business owners and executives in the USA, 47% said that human errors, have been #1 leading cause to data breaches within their organizations.
Do these companies have firewalls and security software? Yes, but it’s just not enough. Employees, not technology, are the most common entry points for social engineering and phishing scam.
These reports are
not saying that employees are plotting to bring the downfall of the company. But
as humans, employees make errors, they’re trusting of fake identities, tempted
by clickbait, and vulnerable to other devious tactics used by hackers to gain
access to company information. Unless, your employees have participated in
cybersecurity training or awareness programs!
Your employees need online cybersecurity training to protect themselves and the company against cyber-attacks, social engineering and scams. By making employees aware of how security threats may be presented to them, and what procedures to follow when a threat are identified, you’re strengthening the most vulnerable links in the chain. So, hackers are more likely to move on to the next victim.