Cybersecurity is a major priority for companies of all sizes in today’s world. However, due to the lack of proper training and procedures, cyber-attacks have been more prevalent leaving sensitive information exposed. As the business world continues to rely more heavily on the internet and technology as a way to store and transfer confidential information, there will continue to be a greater chance of that information being compromised due to cyber-attacks. Since the use of the internet and technology is unavoidable, companies must make sure that they are taking the proper precautions in order to protect themselves and their clients from exposure by including cybersecurity trainings for employees in their Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

While it’s true that not all cybersecurity attacks are preventable, it’s also true that a large majority of attacks are caused by human error and could be preventable. In fact, IBM’s “2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index” says that 95% of all security attacks involve some form human error. Now, THAT is a high percentage. Hackers tend to target company employees in order to get them to unknowingly provide access to all of the company’s most sensitive information.

To be clear, those within the company are not always to be directly blamed for their error, especially if the company they work for lacks training and discussions on proper precautions that should be taken in order to prevent a cybersecurity breach. However, common sense does account for a decent amount of cyber-attacks and anyone who uses the internet should be familiar with basic online etiquette.

 

Types of Human Error

We have established that the majority of all cybersecurity breaches happen due to human error, so what types of human error are there?

Here are the most common human errors that result in a cyber-attack:

  • Lost devices
  • Disclosure of information via an incorrect email address
  • Sharing passwords
  • Using weak passwords
  • Clicking an unsafe URL or attachment
  • Leaving computers unattended while outside the workplace

 

Cybersecurity Training for BCPs

I do have good news for you, though. If you incorporate cybersecurity training for employees into your Business Continuity Plan (BCP), then there is a large chance that the majority of cyber-attacks (cause by human error) can be avoided.

Preparis offers a multitude of different cybersecurity solutions such as:

  • Interactive web-based cybersecurity training
  • Reporting to ensure attendance and compliance
  • Tabletops, webinars, checklists, and more

And Trainings on topics like:

  • Password Protection
  • Phishing
  • Responding to Ransomware for Executives
  • Device Security for Employees

The goal is to make sure that everyone is aware of how crucial cybersecurity is. Educating your employees on the proper precautions to take in order to protect against cyber-attacks will help your company now and all future companies that current employees go on to work for in the future. It’s a great way to be proactive all across the board.

 

Here are a few links that you might find helpful:

Click here to download Preparis’ Malware Checklist

Click here to download Preparis’ Data Breach Checklist

Click here to download Preparis’ Cybersecurity & Business Continuity Webinar

 

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