The statistics do not stop here and it is not just big business that is being breached. Nearly half of all cyber-attacks globally last year were committed against small business. Ransomware attacks rose more than an astonishing 300% in 2016. Lastly, every second 12 people online become a victim of cybercrime, according to System Care.
So, what can the average day to day employee do to help protect the company and themselves from being breached while working with all their electronic gadgets? Remember that in the last two years, 60% of companies have had a security breach that can be traced back to poor email security practices by employees.
11 Simple Employee Good Cyber Habits
• NEVER click on a link in your email. Make a phone call to the source in the email or look up there “real” email and utilize more safely.
• NEVER reply to a suspicious email. If you are even slightly not sure, don’t respond in any fashion. Once again verify by phone or researching who or what they are.
• Avoid free Wi-Fi to protect against hackers. There are ways now to work around Free Wi-Fi or limit any work done to simple correspondences and do not engage in anything that needs protected such as bank accounts, charge cards, company confidential files, etc.
• Spyware on your system will show signs; unwanted pop-up ads, sudden sluggishness, freezing, failure to boot, crashes or internet connection failures.
• Be aware of “phishing” which are emails that appear to be legitimate and they request you to click on a link or fill out a form.
• Spot “Generic Greetings” such as “Dear Customer”.
• Don’t get caught up in “Alarming Statements” urging you to act immediately.
• Beware of emails that ask for personal information.
• Spot misspellings and grammar errors.
• If you find a thumb drive laying on the floor or the ground outside do NOT plug it in and explore the contents.
• Do not leave your passwords out in the open on sticky notes and change your passwords at least twice a year.
Imagine 20 years ago, “cybercrime” was barely a thing and certainly was not a major concern, but current estimates are that now it is costing our country and businesses as much as a half trillion dollars per year in financial losses!
The total security prevention solution starts with each person at each desk and the cybercriminals have found small businesses to be more and more lucrative to attack and breach. There is a strong need to educate our employees on the simple mistakes we are committing each day.
President, SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Speaker, Trainer, Corporate Security Expert
Timothy A. Dimoff, CPP, president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., is a speaker, trainer and author and a leading authority in high-risk workplace and human resource security and crime issues. He is a Certified Protection Professional; a certified legal expert in corporate security procedures and training; a member of the Ohio and International Narcotic Associations; the Ohio and National Societies for Human Resource Managers; and the American Society for Industrial Security. He holds a B.S. in Sociology, with an emphasis in criminology, from Dennison University. Contact him at email@example.com.