Employee training has been proven to provide one of the best returns on investment in cybersecurity. At a very minimal cost, you may lower your employees’ risk of accessing harmful sites, downloading malware, and clicking on phishing emails by teaching them basic security practices. Security Awareness Training, as we outlined in a recent blog article, is one of the most cost-effective approaches to lower the risk of breaches and incidents.
Unfortunately, 56% of Americans are unsure what to do in the case of a data breach, and phishing is involved in 32% of data breaches. End-users are the source of the vast majority of cyber assaults (82% to be exact). When an attacker gains access to one device, such as a laptop or tablet used by an employee, they get a vital foothold into the whole network, which they may use to launch more assaults on your company.
To reduce the chance of a catastrophic breach, provide comprehensive security awareness training that covers instruction on typical assaults such as phishing, business email compromise (BEC), ransomware, and physical security. Before an attack happens, it is critical to take preemptive steps and give thorough security training. Many government legislation and compliance requirements now hold firms accountable for data breaches that disclose consumer information and impose significant fines on those deemed to be careless. When it comes to cyberattacks, your workers are frequently the first line of defense. Employees that have been properly taught know how to prevent, respond to, and recover from an assault.
Use Anti Virus and Anti Malware (And not just for endpoints)
Malware and socially engineered cyber attacks like phishing attacks are most commonly transmitted by email. In fact, the vast majority of cyberattacks occur due to phishing emails. While most employees have anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on their workstations, adding these to your mail servers as part of a defense-in-depth strategy is suggested. It’s an act of compromise to set up a spam filter. On the one side, the network administrator wishes to prevent all harmful traffic from entering the network. However, if the filters are too strict, valid traffic will be blocked, and end-users will begin to complain. After a few weeks of use, a network baseline may be established, and additional changes can be performed.
Perform a Risk Assessment
Almost every significant cybersecurity compliance obligation necessitates the completion of a risk assessment. Risk assessments entail documenting existing IT assets, ranking them according to criticality, and determining the amount of risk that each of those IT assets confronts. A Risk Assessment is an important next step in developing a cybersecurity program for your small business. You may target your security efforts to ensure that your cybersecurity program is effective by identifying high-risk assets.
You should already have a well-organized list of IT assets at this time. Take some time to consider what the biggest threats are to each of them. Do you have any servers that are accessible from the outside world? Do you have on-premise or cloud-based IT infrastructure? If you choose on-premise, you must consider physical dangers to your structure, such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. Ransomware is one of the most serious threats to many businesses. We strongly advise locating ransomware recovery providers before an attack so that you can decrypt files as soon as feasible.