The increase in cyber attacks means cybersecurity is on top of the agenda for organizations around the world. To improve cybersecurity, many organizations turn to technical solutions. Yet to truly strengthen cybersecurity, you need to create a human firewall of resilient employees.
Even with the best IT security, you cannot rule out a cyber attack. The vast majority of incidents involve human error. A click on a malicious link, an unsafe password, or a postponed update: a small misstep can have severe consequences for the entire organization. What other measures can organizations take to improve the resilience of their employees?
Even the best lock is useless if someone forgets to close the door. The same goes for cybersecurity: IT solutions can only do so much. In the end, humans are often the weakest link.
Vigilant employees are the first line of defense. Continuously point out the risks, raise awareness, and arm them with the knowledge to protect themselves and, ultimately, the organization.
Cybercrime is constantly evolving. Share new knowledge and insights immediately with every employee, and keep repeating the information so no one will miss or forget the information. With a mix of different output channels, you make each and everyone within the organization more resilient.
To help organizations improve their digital security, we have created a checklist. Examine this checklist with your IT administrator to make sure your organization keeps risks to a minimum.
Under attack? Send out an alert with just one click of a button to immediately inform everyone in the organization. Prepare messages in advance to inform all stakeholders. This way you will not waste time if you need to act quickly.
Make sure all staff knows how to meet crucial cybersecurity compliance requirements. Gently repeat the most important laws and industry regulations and use the same communication platform to quickly enact a contingency plan when you need to.
Augusta Housing Authority rotates cybersecurity slides continuously on employees’ computer screens when their computers are idle. Even though staff should already know not to click on certain links, these slides are perfect for reminding them of the things they might not necessarily think about when they receive a suspicious-looking email.