Education is the key
People are both your strongest defense and weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity. A recent study by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) found 92.5% of cyber incidents and 84.7% of data breaches are unintentional or inadvertent. Even the best firewalls and VPNs won’t matter if your employees don’t understand the importance of cybersecurity and take personal responsibility for it.
Cybersecurity training should focus on how employees can avoid common security breaches, such as sharing passwords or using unsecured USB devices. It should also show how to recognize the common scams and tricks cybercriminals use. And don’t forget about your contractors and service providers – with cross-company collaboration on the rise, it’s easy for non-employees to walk away with your data.