Cyber security: You're only as strong as your weakest link

By Wayne Fulton, Seriun

26 May 2023

Wayne Fulton of Seriun

As a business owner, you know that technology is essential for the smooth running of your operations.

However, it also presents an increased risk of cyber threats and attacks. While bolstering your cyber security defences can help prevent many of these threats, your employees remain the weakest link and could render all your efforts useless.

Your team are responsible for handling sensitive information, accessing critical systems, and making decisions that can impact your business’s security.

Unfortunately, they are also the most vulnerable to phishing attacks, which could easily trick individuals into divulging corporate data or downloading malware onto their devices.

As we all know, phishing attacks can have devastating consequences for your business, including financial losses, reputational damage and even legal implications.

That is why it is vital for you to train your employees to recognise phishing attempts.

One effective way to do this is by conducting phishing testing and simulation exercises which involve sending fake phishing emails or messages to your employees to see how they react.

These exercises can help you identify employees who need additional training and understand where your vulnerabilities lie.

After conducting phishing testing and simulation, you can provide targeted training to employees who need it. This training should focus on how to recognise and respond to phishing attempts, as well as reporting suspicious emails or messages to the appropriate personnel.

It is crucial to note that the results should not be used to punish employees who fall for the simulated attacks. Instead these exercises should be viewed as an opportunity to improve your overall security.

Employees who report suspicious emails should be praised for their vigilance, and those requiring additional training should receive it promptly and supportive.

By regularly conducting phishing testing and simulation followed by training, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to phishing attacks.

However, this should not be viewed as a one-time exercise. Cyber threats and attacks are constantly evolving, and your employees need to be trained regularly to stay up to date on the latest threats.

You can implement several additional measures to protect against phishing attacks.

Use email authentication protocols such as DMARC, DKIM, and SPF to prevent email spoofing and ensure that emails come from legitimate sources.

Web filtering and firewalls can be used to block known phishing websites and prevent employees from accessing them.

You should also apply regular software updates and patches to ensure that your systems and applications have the latest security features and fixes.

Finally, implement password policies that force your employees to use strong and unique passwords.

After implementing the aforementioned controls and testing your employees, your business should be less likely to fall victim to a cyber attack.

If you need further help or advice, you could partner with an outsourced cyber security provider.

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