Employees are often the target of cyberattacks that can compromise private company data. New employees, in particular, can be the most susceptible to common attacks such as social engineering and phishing. Therefore, organizations should educate and train all employees through a top-down IT security approach to stay ahead of cybercriminals.
A top-down IT security approach begins with the IT department and management communicating the importance of cybersecurity and creating guidelines for reporting suspicious activity. IT Departments are not the only targets for cybercrimes, leaving the potential for any employee to become a security liability. A top-down approach shifts the sole responsibility away from a single department.
A combination of general security training and instructions to recognize and report breaches are essential for keeping company data safe. Wahaya IT works with organizations to create a custom IT Policy handbook to distribute to every employee. Click here to see more of our recommended cybersecurity training best practices.
Focus on the first steps you need to take to prepare your employees better in identifying and mitigating cyber threats. For example, employee training is just one part of Wahaya IT’s layered approach to IT security. As a result, employee training minimizing the effect of a cyberattack can help to avoid the following repercussions:
Negative affect on brand image:
Business disruption due to downtime or having your business data (including customer and vendor details) stolen reflects poorly on your brand.
Loss of customers:
Customers may take their business elsewhere if they do not feel safe sharing their information with you.
Data breaches make you liable to follow certain disclosure requirements mandated by the law. These may require you to make announcements to the media, which can become expensive. You may also have to hire a PR team to address communications during this time.
A customer can sue a company if their Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has been compromised or stolen. Depending on the industry, there may also be steep fines for noncompliance.
Your company’s organizational structure should acknowledge that IT security is not only your IT department or CTO. IT Security is dependent on every part of the business. Therefore, starting from the top and encompassing every employee within the organization approach will lead to success in keeping customer and business information safe and secure.
Cover your vulnerabilities with a cybersecurity prevention plan.