Did you know that, on average, computer hackers make malicious attacks on companies every 39 seconds? That’s 2,244 times in one day that a small business like yours could be exposed to cybersecurity risks. And if you think that this couldn’t possibly relate to you or your company because you have all the correct IT security measures in place, you may want to think again.

Your Employees Are Your #1 Risk

You could have all of the best cybersecurity practices, and yet you still may be missing the number one cause of cyber attacks—human error. That’s right, your employees—AKA, regular people who make mistakes—are your number one liability when it comes to the safety of your company’s data. In fact, according to IBM’s 2019 Cost of Data Breach Report, nearly half (49 percent) of cybersecurity breaches were linked to human error.

If those numbers surprise you, that’s okay. You’re not alone. Most companies are only now starting to realize the importance of cybersecurity in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people needing to work remotely, there’s an even greater amount of cybersecurity risks happening as hackers take advantage of this unique “opportunity.” Here are just a few examples of how your employees can put you at risk.

Phishing Scams

Hackers get better at their job all the time, which is why it’s so easy for phishing emails to “catch” your employees off guard. All it takes is one convincing email that your employee clicks, and you could have malware in your system. That’s why it’s so important to educate your employees to be aware of these scams, which we’ll get to in a bit.

App Installs

Have you ever tried to download an application on your computer, and had it ask you to input an admin password? While most of the time this may seem annoying, it’s necessary to keep your company computers safe from viruses and malware. All employee computers should require admin permission to install anything, even if it means extra work for your IT department.

Weak Passwords

Password security may sound pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of times we have to tell people not to write their passwords down. Not only that, but you should also talk to your employees about creating strong passwords that aren’t as simple as “abc123.” You may also want to consider requiring a two-point authentication protocol for passwords to decrease risks of a security breach.

How You Can Decrease Cybersecurity Risks

There are many ways to help protect your sensitive data at your business. At Amaxx, we always recommend using managed IT services, so you know you’re protected at all times. You’ll never have to worry about employees going on vacation or being clocked out because you’ll have someone else doing that work for you 24/7. In addition, there are two other essentials that we always recommend to clients when we’re educating them about cybersecurity risks.

Have a Recovery Plan

When your network goes down, whether it’s as simple as connection issues or as detrimental as being highjacked by hackers, you should always have a backup plan. The last thing you want is for hours, days, or even weeks of work to be lost when a simple recovery plan could keep you safe.

In fact, we could argue that data backup and recovery is one of the most essential services you can sign up for with Amaxx. Combining this service with a managed IT service plan can ensure that your network and data are back up and running in no time following any problem.

Train Your Employees

As we mentioned earlier, educating your employees is very important to help minimize human error in your company. While no one is perfect, businesses that invest in training for their employees could reduce cybersecurity risks in their company by 70%—which isn’t a number to scoff at! When you take the time and money to invest in your employees’ education, you could be saving yourself thousands of dollars in losses.

Ready to Invest in Your Cybersecurity Education?

At Amaxx, we like to stay on top of the latest news and trends in cybersecurity. As a result, our team is always ready with the most up-to-date knowledge to help educate you and your team on reducing cybersecurity risks. We’ll work with you to train your employees on understanding different types of common threats, how to identify and report security threats, learn the best practices for password security, and more.

Reach out to us today to learn more about cybersecurity risks and how we can help you protect your sensitive data!

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