Educate Your Employees to Avoid Data Breach

If you haven’t taught staff how to avoid an IT crisis you’re asking to have one

Nearly 70% of the data protection and privacy professionals surveyed for a recent Managing Insider Risk through Training & Culture report said their employees are the weakest link in efforts to keep information secure. Hackers have long known that one of the biggest threats to IT security at any organization is its own employees, and this fact make them the target of many attacks.

According to the survey, the top two risks are data breaches caused by either a careless or negligent employee who exposes sensitive information or one who falls victim to a targeted phishing attack. Other top security concerns include unleashing malware from an insecure website or mobile device and using unapproved cloud or mobile applications to send sensitive company information. With 60% of respondents stating they believe employees are not knowledgeable about their company’s security risks this is clearly a widespread problem, so what can you do about it?

The answer is pretty simple – educate them. Knowing how to identify and handle anything but the most blatant security risks is something even tech-savvy individuals tend to not be aware of. It’s your network, you want it safe, it’s up to you to make sure everyone with access knows how that’s done.

Erik Bernstein



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