10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cyber Security

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Educating Employees about Cyber Security

With the ever increasing threat of cyber crime, many Australian businesses have implemented effective systems and software to help prevent attack. However, often the threat originates from within a business if your employees lack awareness or are negligent in their cyber security practices.

We’ve put together 10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cyber Security to protect your business and help make your employees a bit more cyber smart.

10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cyber Security

1. Create and communicate clear-cut IT security policies and processes

Don’t assume that even though you’ve invested in cyber security technology that every threat will be stopped.  Social engineering is a bit part of the cyber-criminals weapons and if the correct security policies and processes aren’t in place you could be caught out.

2. Test employees security knowledge

The best way to check on aware your staff are of scams and threats is to test them.

3. Require complex passwords that must be changed regularly

We all know password best practice but are we implementing it? No pets names or children’s names followed by 123! And these days it’s prudent to implement two step verification on all login processes.

4. Teach employees about Phishing scams

It’s human nature for us to be trusting but phishing scams should be teaching us the opposite.  You need to make your staff aware of the threats, what they look like and how to protect themselves.

5. Make sure you’ve got good backups in place

Having good and easily recoverable backups in place is the number one fallback if you get a ransomware infection, if you already have them, make sure they are tested and working before you find out too late.

6. Use email SPAM and internet web filters

Effective email SPAM and internet web filters is the easiest way to stop many of the threats reaching your staff’s email account or allowing people to go to parts of the internet where they shouldn’t be going.

7. Keep your systems patched with the latest security updates

Computer systems need patches often, make sure it’s being done with the latest security updates.

8. Protect your mobile devices

Mobile devices now contain as much critical business information as your computers but yet so many businesses don’t protect them in case they are lost or stolen. Mobile security is particularly critical in 2021 with so many staff working remotely.

9. Keep your staff up to date with latest cyber threat news

Staff are your businesses’ cyber security guards, the last line of defense but if we don’t provide them with the latest types of threats and email scam news how do they know what to look out for?

10. Select a trusted IT partner

If you’re in any doubt about how to protect your business, you should talk to a trusted IT company who can help.  Gone are the days of ‘it will never happen to us’.

None of the tips above individually can effectively prevent a cyber attack on your business, but taken collectively and by educating your employees, these can help prevent things that are preventable.

Call us today on 1300 478 738 or email info@suretyit.com.au to discuss your requirements.

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About the author:

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled IT Challenger at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.

Surety IT’s mission is to address and overcome the 4 biggest problems businesses have with their IT systems and support which are: poorly performing systems, unreliable systems, unresponsive IT support and poor IT related advice.

We’ve developed a proprietary process that allows us to do that by: thoroughly understanding your business requirements, gaining an in-depth knowledge of your IT systems, identifying mission critical technology issues vital to your business performance and ensuring our ‘Solution Path’ process is specifically designed and tailored for you with value based solutions and support.

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