Cybersecurity Habits with Catastrophic Consequences
Poor cybersecurity awareness habits in your organization can seem innocent at first, but over time, the vulnerability these habits create can lead to major consequences. It's the reason culture is so important to cybersecurity: to maintain a high standard of alert online behavior to best represent and safeguard the business you are a part of.
Some poor habits simply come from naiveté, others from laziness. The most common problem is clicking on a link without thinking of who sent it, and introducing a virus into the company's network. In our experience, the type of thinking that leads to a cybersecurity breakdown can be categorized into a few common groups. Below are four ethos that have been demonstrated in 2017:
- It's rare to get hacked: This is a more common belief for older generations but is still common among others who are unaware of the myriad of online dangers present today. Two recent headline attacks alone should dispel this myth: the hack of Equifax is said to have had an impact on 55 percent of American adults over the age of 18, alongside the Yahoo vulnerability that exposed a jaw-dropping three billion accounts.
- Someone up the ladder is on it: The idea that IT, or some other company-wide security apparatus, can handle all the threats is heard often. The fact is, cybersecurity awareness is a group effort, and everyone from the customer service department to the CEO needs to be alert.
- My job tasks take precedence over everything else: pushing off important security updates and other measures for day-to-day work is common. Some see it as an inconvenience compared to their "real" job. But, it's critical to convey that monetary damage from cyber-attacks is expected to hit five billion dollars by the end of 2017, and an organization's bottom line is always at risk.
- Not everyone's e-mail is a target: Although they may not hold a lofty post in a corporation, any e-mail information can still be very valuable. Two-step verification processes are important, as e-mail access can often be the first port of entry for malware attacks.
Dispelling these notions throughout your workplace can take time. Building a culture of good habits is vital for your overall cybersecurity awareness paradigm. Cybersecurity is an end-game strategy for your organization, one where consistent attention to detail is paramount.
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