Ninety-five percent of network security breaches are due to human error. This means that the biggest risk to your company’s vital data isn’t coming from hackers who are actively attacking your network. It comes from your own employees who fall for scams. Empowering your team with the knowledge and skills to identify cybersecurity threats is essential to keeping your network protected. After all, a team of cybersecurity experts can only protect your network so much; at a certain point, it’s up to your everyday users to sidestep threats before they cripple your network. That’s where cybersecurity awareness training, such as phishing email training from Be Structured, comes into play.
Even companies that are using the latest in security software may even be vulnerable due to this lack of employee training. All it takes is for one employee to open an attachment with a virus or fall for a phishing scam and the doors to your company’s data are wide open. This is one of the reasons why it takes some time for large companies to find out that their data has been compromised. They believe their security is completely safe, but an employee accidentally gave hackers the keys to the vault weeks or months ago. Without dark web monitoring, company leadership may have no idea that they’ve been compromised by a phishing scam for quite some time. The first step to cultivating a culture of cybersecurity awareness is simply to inform your team about the reality of cyber threats. As new threats emerge, it’s critical to provide ongoing training that helps employees spot threats and avoid them. Most people know not to open strange attachments from email addresses they don’t know, but how many people know how to recognize a carefully created email forgery? How many know to hold their mouse over a link to see what address pops up before clicking on it? Some people might simply click and see a website that appears very authentic. Even if they later realize they may have made a mistake, if they’ve entered information on that fake site, it’s too late.
Phishing email training is one of the most straightforward ways of accomplishing this goal. When you partner with Be Structured, it’s easy to ensure your team stays one step ahead of cybercriminals by automating ongoing phishing attacks. You can set up how often these phishing tests are sent out and even use templates to create your own text. This lets you truly test your team by changing up your fake phishing emails every time you send them.
Phishing email training automatically sends team members simulated phishing attacks on an ongoing basis. Your team will be able to report the email as phishing or, if caught unaware, click on one of the links. If they report the email, they’re congratulated and notified that it was a simulated attack. If, however, they fall victim to the simulated attack, they’re required to complete an additional security awareness training course online to bolster their awareness. Even the most diligent employees may find themselves failing a phishing test every now and then, which only goes to highlight the fact that people must always be on guard.
These tests are also sent out in staggered waves. This means one employee won’t be able to share the time or other specifics about the fake email. Your employees can be sent different emails that come from different fake email addresses, and these emails will all be sent out over a period of a week or so. This helps to make sure the test is fair and that all of your employees get the chance to demonstrate that they understand how to recognize phishing emails.
For employees who balk at these tests and the follow-up training, remind them that learning about phishing scams do more than protect you, they also protect the employee. Phishing emails do more than target large businesses—they also target individuals. By teaching them how to identify phishing scams, you’re helping your employees protect their own information and financial data just as much as you’re protecting the company’s.
While you may not want to have these fake phishing emails sent out on a regular basis, testing your employees several times a year is not a bad idea. You can even have these tests sent out more regularly if your company has discovered employees are still falling for phishing emails. New employees may also need to go through testing several times just to make certain they understand what phishing emails are. Remember, all it takes is for one employee to fall for a phishing scam to leave your business open to attack, so you can’t be too careful.
Comprehensive Cybersecurity Solutions
When you partner with Be Structured on a MSSP plan, we secure your network with a comprehensive cybersecurity platform that protects every level of your operations. Our approach includes the latest network security strategies like dark web scanning and phishing email training, all for one fixed monthly price. You don’t have to worry about finding out that your information was sold on the dark web weeks or months after the fact. We scan regularly for your information and will let you know the instant we discover anything that could have been stolen from you.
Teaching employees about phishing scams and how to avoid them is like a first line of defense for your network. This will stop upwards of 95% of security breaches, and it helps your employees see the overall need for security and the role they plan in securing your network. If this line fails, you have your network’s security programs, antivirus scanners, firewalls, and other tools. This level exists to stop hackers and catch any malicious programs that may have slipped in due to phishing or other scams. Finally, you have dark web scanning. This may seem like “too little, too late,” and it is true in the sense that you can’t protect data that has already been stolen. However, it does let you know what was taken and that you need to improve your security.
With Be Structured overseeing your larger cybersecurity needs and threats, you can be confident you’re staying ahead of the latest developments in the industry while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. As part of our cybersecurity package, we protect you from external threats such as data breaches and unauthorized access to your network, while also guarding against internal threats with disaster recovery solutions and employee security training. We cover all the bases of security, from internal accidents to external threats, so your data remains safe and sound.