The True Value of Training Your Employees in Cybersecurity

 

Your employees are your greatest asset, but if they’re not properly trained in cybersecurity, they can also be one of your greatest liabilities.

With that in mind, it’s important to understand what cybersecurity is, why it is so important, and how you can protect your business from cyberthreats.

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of using tools, technology, and user actions to protect an organization’s network and information from major cyberthreats. By nature, cybersecurity is designed to function proactively, aiming to prevent hackers from gaining access to your network and data.

Why is Cybersecurity Important?

A cyberattack or cybersecurity incident can take many forms. Some aim to steal login information to be sold on the dark web, others attempt to collect personally identifiable information like bank account information or Social Security Numbers, and still others can attempt to hold your data hostage until you pay the hacker a sum of money.

In the digital age, data is the lifeblood of many businesses. A loss or corruption of this data can have catastrophic effects on your ability to do business. According to the Better Business Bureau, less than half of small businesses could survive over three months after losing their data to a cybersecurity attack. On top of potential data loss, a cybersecurity incident can also damage or even destroy the reputation of your business.

How to Protect Your Business from Cyberthreats?

The first step to protecting your business is to have the right tools and security settings. Firewalls and spam filters can protect your users from direct attacks. Password policies and two-factor authentication can help ensure access is granted to only the appropriate people. Network security settings and alerts can notify you when something doesn’t look quite right. At Solution Builders, we take all this into account and work with you to develop a safe information technology environment where you can conduct business without having to spend time worrying about information security.

However, even with the most advanced tools and a robust security environment, the weakest link in any network, and the area most frequently targeted by cyberthreats, is the end user. To ensure that end users know what they are up against and are prepared to respond when faced with a cybersecurity threat, we highly recommend frequent and thorough cybersecurity training. End users don’t need to be cybersecurity experts, but with a little knowledge and know-how, they can quickly become your first and strongest line of defense against cybersecurity threats.

If you don’t have a cybersecurity training plan, contact us today!

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