What Is Your New Years Cyber Resolution?

January 2, 2024

The New Year is behind us and we hope you all had a safe and happy one!  Speaking of “safe”, when was the last time you thought about cybersecurity?  Does your business have a cybersecurity policy in place and are you able to check off all the boxes?  Having a policy will protect you if you were to get attacked, but if you are not engaging in employee training to prevent the attacks, we strongly recommend this as your New Years Resolution!

Training employees in cybersecurity practices related to emails is crucial, given the prevalence of phishing attacks and email-based threats. Here are some training topics you might cover:

  1. Phishing Awareness: Educate employees on how to identify phishing emails. Teach them to scrutinize sender addresses, check for suspicious links or attachments, and recognize common phishing tactics.
  2. Social Engineering: Explain various social engineering techniques used in emails, such as pretexting or baiting, and train employees on how to detect and avoid falling for these tactics.
  3. Secure Email Practices: Emphasize the importance of using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and encrypting sensitive information in emails.
  4. Email Filtering and Spam: Educate on how to use email filters effectively and how to distinguish between genuine emails and spam or unsolicited messages.
  5. Reporting Procedures: Establish clear procedures for reporting suspicious emails or potential security breaches. Encourage employees to report any concerning emails to the IT/security team promptly.
  6. Regular Updates and Patches: Stress the significance of keeping email software updated to the latest versions to mitigate vulnerabilities.
  7. Simulated Phishing Exercises: Conduct simulated phishing exercises to test employees’ awareness and responses. Use these exercises as a learning opportunity to reinforce good practices.
  8. Training Resources and Support: Provide resources like tutorials, guides, or interactive modules to help employees understand and adopt secure email practices effectively.
  9. Consequences of Ignoring Security Practices: Explain the potential consequences of neglecting cybersecurity in emails, including data breaches, financial loss, and damage to the company’s reputation.
  10. Continuous Education: Promote ongoing education and regular refreshers on email security practices. The cyber threat landscape evolves, and it’s crucial to keep employees updated.

Are you thinking, “UGH…I don’t have the resources on my team to take time to research, educate, and simulate the attempts!”, give us a call.  We have vendors who can assist you with this and set-up a program that would best work for your business case.  Some of these options are as low as $12/year/employee to keep your data safe and protected from a cyberattack. 

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