Look at Your Employees With Cyber Security in Mind

Written on April 21, 2017

Today’s businesses operate in an era of hyper-connectedness and, unfortunately, a burgeoning global cyber crime industry. You can’t afford to hope you’ll luck out and avoid a cyber attack. It’s essential to establish policies and procedures to minimize risk. One specific area on which to focus is your employees.

Know the threats
There are a variety of cyber crimes you need to guard against. For instance, thieves may steal proprietary or sensitive business data with the intention of selling that information to competitors or other hackers. Or they may be more interested in your employees’ or customers’ personal information for the same reason.

Some cyber criminals may not be necessarily looking to steal anything but rather disable or damage your business systems. For example, they may install “ransom-ware” that locks you out of your own data until you pay their demands. Or they might launch a “denial-of-service attack,” under which hackers overwhelm your site with millions of data requests until it can no longer function.

Be mindful
Naturally, crimes may be committed by shadowy outsiders. But, all too often, it’s a company employee who either leaves the door open for a cyber criminal or perpetrates the crime him- or herself.

For this reason, it’s essential for your hiring managers to be mindful of cyber security when reviewing employment applications — particularly those for positions that involve open access to sensitive company data. If an applicant has an unusual or spotty job history, be sure to find out why before hiring. Check references and conduct background checks as well.

For both new and existing employees, make sure your cyber security policies are crystal clear. Include a statement in your employment handbook informing employees that their communications are stored in a backup system, and that you reserve the right to monitor and examine company computers and emails (sent and received) on your system. When such monitoring systems are in place, prudence or suspicious activity will dictate when they should be ramped up.

Don’t compromise
These are just a few points to bear in mind in relation to your employees and cyber crime. Although most workers are honest and not looking to do harm, all it takes is one mistake or one bad apple to compromise your company’s cyber security. We can provide you with more ideas for protecting your data and your business systems.

© 2017

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