Published On: 17th January 2014 by Ernie Sherman.
It can be difficult to protect your business from today’s constant cyber-security threats. You can install firewalls, anti-virus software, and intrusion prevention systems on your network. However, your employees are your first line of defense to keep your network safe. By properly teaching them how to deal with security attacks you can lessen the chance that your business will be affected by a security breach.
Implement Regular and Recurring Security Training
Many organizations train employees on security awareness only once or twice. Cybercriminals are constantly developing new techniques to trick users into downloading malware. It’s critical to conduct recurring and updated security training to ensure employees stay up to date on the latest security threats and how to avoid them. Regular reminders, such as changing network passwords or recognizing the latest phishing scheme, will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.
KISS (Keep It Simple and Secure)
Employees might be tempted to ignore your security measures if they’re difficult to follow. Make it simple for users to follow security policies. For example, make sure your anti-virus software updates automatically outside of regular work hours. Encourage employees to report potential security risks, and praise them when they do.
Security Support Should Be Easy To Access
Do your employees know where to go if they have security questions and concerns? If a suspicious email or unusual pop-up appears, employees must be able to contact support from your IT provider. In addition, teach employees what to do – or not to do – while waiting for support personnel to resolve the problem.
Teach Them How To Respond to Security Incidents
Many organizations focus on teaching employees to avoid security incidents, however, employees should be aware of how to appropriately respond to a security incident as well. What should employees do if they click on a malicious attachment? Should the employee take immediate action on their own? Should they wait for your security expert? Make sure your employees know how to respond to security incidents.
Teach Network Security For Personal Use As Well
Network security isn’t limited to your business. Teach your employees about network security for personal purposes, such as online purchases or phishing emails received on their personal emails. Also, teach employees about the importance of protecting their information on the corporate network. Network security impacts your business and your employees.
To learn more about network security and how to train your employees to respond to potential security threats, give us a call at (613) 828- or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Fuelled Networks can help you create a network security policy that covers all potential security threats.