Cybersecurity has become a major concern for businesses across the globe. The threat posed by hackers and malicious software (malware) increases every day. In addition to the financial losses incurred due to data breaches, companies also face legal issues such as fines or even criminal charges.
Hackers are always looking for ways to steal information from businesses. That’s why it’s so crucial to include cybersecurity in your professional training and ensure that employees understand the dangers of phishing attacks, malware, and data security.
Cybersecurity Essential #1: How to protect against phishing attacks
Phishing is a form of cybercrime where hackers pretend to be from legitimate businesses or other trusted sources and ask for personal information such as passwords, account numbers, or login details. Often, these emails ask you to click on a link which takes you to a fake website where you’re asked to enter personal information.
Employees should be aware of how phishing works, and how they can avoid falling victim to them. Phishing emails often look like they come from legitimate sources such as banks, government agencies, and other businesses. The best way for employees to protect themselves against these types of scams is to avoid clicking links in suspicious email messages. If they receive any suspicious email message, they should contact the organization directly via phone or web chat instead of responding to it. They should also use strong passwords and keep track of all login credentials.
Cybersecurity Essential #2: How to defend against malware
Malware is software designed to damage computers, steal information, or disrupt normal operations. Anti-virus programs scan files for viruses and other malicious code. If they find something suspicious, they remove it. Anti-virus software also protects against spyware, which is software installed secretly on your computer without your knowledge. Spyware monitors everything you do on your computer and sends information back to the company who wrote it.
Even with anti-virus programs in place, employees must remember to keep their operating system up to date. If they suspect that someone has installed malware on their computer, they should contact their IT department immediately.
Cybersecurity Essential #3: How to secure data from loss or theft
There are numerous risks associated with storing sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, financial records, medical history, etc. Employees need to be aware of the risks associated with storing sensitive information, the laws regarding the protection of customer data, and how to prevent breaches. The Federal Trade Commission has strict guidelines for what employees should do when handling customer data. If you don’t follow these rules, your company could face fines from the FTC.
Employees should be trained to protect customer information from hackers. They need to know how to use encryption software such as PGP, and they must understand what kind of security measures are needed for each application. They should also understand the importance of encrypting these types of files when they are stored on computers or mobile devices. For example, encryption software allows users to protect their personal data by scrambling it into unreadable code.
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That said, your employees cannot bear the sole responsibility of maintaining cybersecurity. Companies must invest in software, consulting, and security to support employees in keeping data safe.
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