Ask yourself this: Would you consider yourself a victim if you were the target of cybercrime? If someone hacked into your cell phone and stole all your personal photographs, contact information, and email access, would you feel threatened? If someone tricked you into providing them access to your personal bank account, would you feel violated?
The answer, most likely, is a resounding “YES.”
Personal technology versus business technology
When it comes to our personal lives, we take our technology seriously. We wait in line (some of us) to purchase the release of a brand new device. We go into a literal heart racing panic if we misplace our cell phones, even for a few minutes. Our lives exist in those devices after all! Where would we be without them?
In contrast, many companies take a bare bones approach to securing their technology. They’ll purchase a firewall and never update it. Or they’ll hire a break fix IT company that is on call in case of an emergency but take no active measures to prevent a breach.
However, the risk of a cyber-attack is ten-fold for businesses in comparison to personal users.
Your company houses hundreds, maybe thousands, of documents which contain client or patient information. Your financial data supports the livelihood of your entire staff. Your ability to maintain operations is critical to you, your staff, your clients, and even your entire community.
And with the click of the mouse, all of that can be taken.
“Danger Will Robinson”
It’s incredibly easy for hackers to gain access to your company data (as well as your personal data – same tactics used). Cybercrime is primarily done through email.
Without proper security training, your employees are your weakest link.
In fact, the great takedown of the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign happened because Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta “received a phishing email masked as an alert from Google that another user had tried to access [Podesta’s] account. It contained a link to a page where Podesta could change his password. He shared the email with a staffer from the campaign’s help desk. The staffer replied with a typo – instead of typing ‘This is an illegitimate email,’ the staffer typed ‘This is a legitimate email.’ Podesta followed the instructions and typed a new password, allowing hackers to access his emails.” [CNN: 2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts]
As you can see, even knowing – and taking – the correct protocol in regard to phishing emails can still lead to hacking caused by human error. And the results can be disastrous.
Easy training plans for your staff
Managing security and compliance does not need to be difficult, time consuming or overwhelming. complianceKIT provides practical guidance and resources to help you manage your security and compliance.
This service includes:
- On-Demand Video Training for Your Employees
- Security Assessment Tool and Consulting
- Weekly Security Awareness Videos and Monthly Security Newsletter
- Send Simulated Phishing Emails to Your Employees
- Assistance Developing & Maintaining Your Written Information Security Policies
- And More
You can find more information on complianceKIT here or you can call us directly at (602)412-5025. Put the emotional energy behind your company’s security as you would your own family’s. There’s so much at stake, and the odds are not ever in your favor.