Almost all successful cyber breaches share one major thing in common, human error. Human error can happen in many different ways, including failing to install software security updates in time to having weak passwords, and giving up sensitive information to phishing emails. Since human error plays such an important role in cyber breaches, addressing it is key to reducing a business’s chance of being targeted by a hacker. We can take all the precautions and preventive measures to minimize the risk of cybercrime impacting ourselves or our businesses. But at the end of the day, all it takes is a simple human error to put everything in jeopardy. Whether it’s a link click, download, missed update, or misconfiguration, everyday mistakes can lead to more significant problems. More than often, hackers don’t try and bypass security technologies, instead, they rely on human mistakes. Phishing attacks cost businesses billions of dollars a year. Cyber security training is a must in every organization.
We currently live in a digital world, where an increasing amount of our day-to-day activities have become online. We communicate and interact online, and our reliance on cyber security has increased tremendously. Our grown use of the internet and mobile usage gives hackers even more opportunities to exploit our vulnerabilities. To protect your organization, cyber security training must get carried out to all staff from the highest executive to the lowest employee level.
Cyber security awareness is vital in all organizations, big or small. This involves the process of educating employees on the different cyber security risks and threats out there, as well as potential weak spots. Employees must learn the best practices and procedures for keeping networks and data secure and the consequences of not doing so. A staff well-trained in cyber security allows for less risk to an organization’s network’s overall security. Fewer risks mean fewer financial losses due to cybercrime. Also, a company that orchestrates cyber security training will have a better reputation with consumers since most consumers are hesitant to do business with an untrustworthy organization.
1. Training – Human error prevention training needs to include virtually every aspect of the job; from the first day on the job to the tasks that they’ll likely perform down the road, make sure they know the whys, the whats, and the hows. Also, remember that training isn’t just for new employees, training should be ongoing to all levels.
2. Communication – Many workplace errors involving human mistakes can be traced back to a lack of communication. Every employee on your staff should feel comfortable with communicating with each other and with superiors. Without open lines of communication at all levels, dangerous accidents are inevitable.
3. Safety Procedures – Developing and promoting new procedures can improve workplace efficiencies and cut down on human errors. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, develop a unique process for your workplace. Make sure each procedure can be easy to follow for all employees.
4. Privileged Access – You should ensure that access to sensitive data and technology is limited only to the few skilled and authorized employees. Implementing a Privileged Access Management strategy is also very beneficial. The protection of access to privileged accounts by PAM solution helps the organization reduce the risk of unauthorized access and reduces their vulnerability to cyberattacks by internal or external threats.
5. Proactive Approach – There are specific teams that need dedicated cyber security training. In the digital world, many organizations have applications for internal and external (customers) that are developed in-house. We recommend having dedicated training for software developers as part of the cyber security training program. This training will provide software developers with the tools and methods to develop a secure code that prevents issues or attack methods in advance. It will reduce the applications’ attack surface and add another security level to the existing security perimeters.
SEGMENTECH is an advanced cyber security workshop specializing in Privileged Access Management (PAM) and EndPoint protection. We can assist you with guiding your teams in developing code with a least-privileged approach. Contact us today if you would to discuss why Privileged Access Management is a must-have on every self-developed application.