Cyber Security – It’s far easier than you think

Nowadays, a common problem that most businesses will face is understanding how they can protect themselves from cyber attack and whose responsibility this is.

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking of [cybersecurity] as a technology thing. It’s not,” says Adam Moseley, MD of Schwab Business Consulting and Education at Charles Schwab. Moseley follows by warning, “it is no longer a matter of if, but when, you’re going to be compromised.”

Much of the best advice points out that organisations should adopt the same defence practices as consumers in order to protect themselves against attack.

Mosely explains that these practices should spring from smarter cyber behaviour and better education, “I don’t think there’s a single greater threat to your organizations outside of email…we don’t hesitate to click a link, to open an attachment,” he said; especially when we consider that most malicious links and ransomware are generated via scam emails.

Moseley says that the most prudent organisations will engage a provider to test staff behaviour and provide education around safer cyber practices. He goes on to say that it’s beneficial to rethink behaviour around the simple things like passwords and emails and that cyber security must start with the individual.

Common cyber-security openings, weaknesses and behavioural issues can be resolved with better education. There are many easy and accessible habits that we can all engage in to help protect ourselves.

For example:

  • Call email senders to test legitimacy of suspicious comms
  • Keep sensitive data out of emails
  • Pick longer passwords (hackers will find these harder to penetrate)
  • Implement two-factor authentication where available

Addressing cyber security in the workplace doesn’t need to be a daunting exercise. There are many more simple and easily adopted behaviours that will help to protect us all from harmful cyber attack.  Call us to find out how we can help you and your business with educational resources or, to set up a meeting for further discussion.

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