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Cybersecurity Best Practices For Employees

by Mic Johnson

Security awareness aims to make all employees aware of information security policies and help us deal with problems. We can have all the systems and technical controls in the world. As human beings fail to follow our guidelines and security practices, then the whole system breaks down. So first of all, what’s the risk?

Well, there’s a monetary risk. Your company could be fined if you’re not found compliant with the laws in place. Most importantly, though, they’re a risk of damaging the company’s reputation. You’ve seen it plenty of times where massive companies end up in the news due to data breaches. And you don’t want that to happen.

There are several technology-related reasons for data breaches, such as new viruses or malware. But the overwhelming number of data breaches are caused by human error and carelessness.

A sensitive document is left out in the open. A computer is left unattended for a few minutes without password protection. Sensitive information is sent over unencrypted email without a password. Another cause of the breach is social engineering. 

Techniques can be as simple as calling a company office, claiming to be from another company location, and asking for protected information. It’s surprising how often this works. On the other hand, there are many facilities to raid data recovery instead. 

Let’s discuss some specific actions you can take.

Clean Desk Policy

Cleaning desk is a great policy you have to follow as an employee. This policy helps the company to minimize the risk of fraud and misleading security. Every employee contains valuable information about their company. So, when you are finishing your job or leaving the desk, make sure you lock your device and secure or hide the sensitive documents. 

Aware of Your Paper Documents

Be aware when creating or removing paper documents. You may throw any important paper into the bin in an unconscious mind. But this can be a dead move for you because attackers are always looking for small information to access your device. If they found any useful information on your trash, they can easily access your sensitive documents. Before putting it in the trash make sure you dispose of the entire documents into many pieces.     

Careful Post on Web

Carefully consider what information you set out there. You have ever posted on the web are often discovered by cybercriminals.

Prevent Accessing Inside your Company

Make sure your company has enough security so that unauthorized people can’t access it easily. Commonly, an attacker will come to you as a good wisher, company visitor, employee, or handyman service provider. If you see this kind of peoples you don’t know or see before, don’t hesitate to ask them about their identity and their contact person or you can do a little research about their provided informations. This will let you verify their identity and you can quickly put your company into a safe zone. 

Prevent Damage From Malware

When you do not know or trust the sender, do not open mail attachments. The same goes for macros in office documents never plugin USB devices from untrusted sources. Suppose you follow these safeguards and report anything suspicious to your IT department. Right away, you do your part to protect us from cyber threats.

Conclusion

Even there are many methods, and a cyberattack can happen. That’s why you have to up to date using every possible latest technology and stay protected.  While following the requested methods, you can save your company, but ensure you training your employee on the latest best cybersecurity.

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