Accidental employee error is one of the top ways that hackers are able to infiltrate company networks and steal valuable data. These errors typically occur due to seemingly innocent online behaviors that are in fact quite dangerous. Education and prevention are the keys to protecting you, your company, and your employees from data theft.
Help Your Employees Avoid Dangerous Online Behaviors
Is your company protected? Do your employees partake in dangerous online behaviors? Answer these questions by reviewing the following five actions.
- It can’t happen to “us.” — In the case of data and information security, ignorance is not bliss. In fact, if your company has adopted an “it can’t happen to us,” mentality, then chances are high that you have already suffered from an attempted data attack. The best defense is a great offense, which means that you must educate your team on the importance of avoiding dangerous online behaviors.
- Not paying attention to the Internet of Things (IOT). — The beauty of the IOT is that it brings a heightened level of connectivity to our daily personal and professional lives. The challenge of the IOT is that it turns seemingly innocent devices into potential hacker portals. Take, for example, the hackers who turned a university’s IOT network of refrigerators and lights against its own network. In the latter case, hackers were able to use botnets on unsecured IOT devices to redirect traffic, target specific entities, overtake services, and overwhelm the university’s network to subsequently crash its firewall.
- Not updating endpoint protection like antivirus. — The protective mechanisms that you have installed are only good if you update them. In fact, out of date software is one of the “open doors” that hackers look to exploit when they are trying to break into a company’s servers, access company data, or steal valuable assets. Whether your team is told to regularly install endpoint protection updates or you choose to leverage the power of automatic updates via Intrinium’s Managed Services, you need to ensure that your data stays safe by keeping all protective software up to date.
- Clicking on the juicy malicious links. — Phishing scams are the number one way that malicious code, including ransomware, is delivered to businesses across the globe. Protecting your valuable business assets starts with employee training and education. Your employees need to understand the importance of following best practice online security protocols. These best practices include:
- Never opening an email from an unknown recipient.
- Never clicking on any suspicious links.
- Never downloading any suspicious attachments.
- Never opening, clicking, downloading, or replying to emails from unknown recipients.
- Immediately reporting spam-like emails that ask for passwords and encourage link-clicking or downloading.
- Not using strong passwords. — Have you checked the password strength of your team? Are they updating their passwords every three months? Do they avoid reusing passwords? Do they have a universal password? These are the types of questions that you need to answer before you can properly evaluate the strength of your team’s passwords. Generic passwords are one of the easiest ways for hackers to steal data, forge credentials, and otherwise wreak havoc. If you want to mitigate the risks associated with hacking attempts and data theft, then you need to encourage your team to use strong passwords.
Helping to protect your company and employees starts with employee education. Teach your team to avoid the above five dangerous online behaviors and be sure to use professional information security services firms to further protect valuable company assets and data. Intrinium offers a large selection of information security services that are designed to protect your data, assets, employees, and company from hackers. Contact a member of the Intrinium team today to discover your customized information security solution.