We can’t say it enough these days: employees are your best defense against cyber attacks. They are the first barrier to someone breaching your system and accessing data. There has been a decrease in the number of breaches each year, but the count of records compromised has risen per attack. According to Healthcare IT News, mega-breaches — where a single breach exposes more than ten million records — are on the rise. These kinds of breaches were responsible for the majority of records exposed in 2018. To avoid this kind of catastrophe, you need your employees on your side, so make note of these tips from Forbes.
Make Sure Everyone Understands Their Roles
By having clearly defined goals and policies, your employees will never have to question how to handle something. A set of guidelines ensures they know who to go to and for what. When they recognize the signs, they can report them.
Tell It How It Is
Let employees know how likely it is that your company could be breached so that they know to be ever-vigilant. Don’t sugarcoat it, just tell it how it is. Let them know that it is as important to them as it is to you.
Demonstrate The Risk
It can be hard to demonstrate how vulnerable your company is with just numbers. If you want to, you can schedule a fake break-in and show just how weak your system is. You can also allow employees to try to break in. As a bonus, this technique can help you find holes in your security that you never knew existed so you can patch them.
Introduce The Topic At New Employee Orientation
Cybersecurity is an important issue for each employee, and you should demonstrate this right when he or she joins your company. Laying out your policies and procedures when an employee begins will leave no uncertainty as to whose responsibility it is to protect the company’s data.
As with other policies, it can be hard to make employees buy in to these practices. Hopefully these tips will help you show your employees that they are just as responsible for the valuable data your company keeps as you are.
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