IT Security Training to strengthen the weak links in your business
Lack of IT Security Training often leads to Shadow IT, which refers to the use of information technology systems, devices, software, applications, and services without explicit IT department approval. It has grown exponentially in recent years with the adoption of cloud-based applications and services.
An example is an individual employee signing up for a cloud-based app on a work device without going through an approval process first.
Lack of IT Security Training is a problem
As technologies advance so do the capabilities of cybercriminals. Most SMB businesses are caught up in a wide spread net – thrown out by the cybercriminals who then sit back and wait for end users to make a mistake.
Many SMB have enough problems protecting their “known”/ “supported” internal systems against unwanted threats. When their employees purchase and use “non supported” IT without consent the IT systems become compromised.
When employees bypass internal IT policies, they unintentionally put their company data under threat. Often these employees are trying to be more productive and there is no malice involved at all. However, with inadequate IT Security Training, their attempt to help the business often places the business in an exposed position of high risk.
How do you change these old habits?
You can have an amazing IT security plan but it’s worthless if users simply ignore it. Old habits die hard.
It’s all about education. And it’s often a painful process to avoid sounding like a school teacher:
“Don’t click on that”
“Think about your choices”
From our experience the successful SMB’s have buy in of ownership from the top of the business down. When the staff see owners or directors following policy it then becomes real.
Help your employees.
All employees should have to go through basic cybersecurity training, mainly focused on how to identify and react to cybercrime event causing a ransomware infection.
Employees should know how to spot a malicious email and how to deal with it. This is an essential part of protecting your business against attacks and should become a fundamental practice in any business today.
Businesses need to get their employees back under one security overlay to stop things getting out of control. That’s not a simple task given that the biggest threat to their own security is one they pay to walk through the doors every day.
For security advice and staff awareness training talk to Tech Precision as we can guide you through the security minefield.
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