[co-author: Stephen Haley]
“The human factor continues to drive violations. This year 82% of violations have a human element. Whether it’s Using Stolen Credentials, Scams, Abuse, or simply Errors, People Keep Playing role in incidents and violations alike. ” Source: Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report 2022
Don’t Let Your Employees Be Your Cybersecurity Weakness
As a business owner, you know that Cybersecurity is essential for your company’s growth. No matter how complex your security system is, it is only as strong as the people who use them. Inevitably, human error will be the weak link in any Cybersecurity strategy. If you are like most organizations, you run your staff through the annual “Security Awareness Training” regiment and are delighted when all employees pass the training milestone. annual. The problem is, in most cases, it inactive! According to a recent study by Sophos, ransomware cases are increasing every year with an average cost in 2021 of $1.85 million. Unsurprisingly, Verizon’s recently published data breach investigation report identifies the biggest culprits as stolen credentials and phishing attacks. This is a clear indicator of our typical Annual Security Awareness Training Program for our employees. inactive! While annual training is a good starting point to reduce your company’s risk, it’s not enough to keep your company safe from cyberattacks. CompliancePoint’s cybersecurity team has identified the following 3 steps to reduce the risk of a Cybersecurity breach or ransomware attack, help complete your Security Awareness Program, and save money on cyber insurance premiums.
- Transitioning from the annual Security Awareness Program to the biennial Security Awareness Program focused on interactive role-based training. The biennial Cybersecurity training sessions will show your employees the importance of this initiative and keep what they’ve learned in their heads.
- Conduct a quarterly phishing campaign regiment to evaluate and report on the organizational effectiveness of the Employee Security Awareness Training Program. The goal is to ensure 100% employee saturation through campaigns.
- Enhance training for your incident response team by introducing breach and attack simulations as a way for your organization to evaluate the effectiveness of security controls.
Organizations must realize that the longer it takes to respond to a cyberattack, the more money it will ultimately cost. By taking the measures mentioned above, you will address Cybersecurity weaknesses and increase your organization’s ability to respond to Cybersecurity incidents quickly and effectively.