5 Tips to Protect Your Business Against Cyberattacks

Protect yourself from online attacks that threaten your identity, your files, your system, and your financial well-being.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and it’s the perfect time to implement a new educational training series for your employees. Continuous education programs can help safeguard your employees’ confidential information and protect against cyberattacks and data breaches that can lead to crippling financial damage, fraud, and identity theft.

Now in its 17th year, NCSAM focuses on internet security as a shared responsibility for all — something that Sontiq emphasizes to all the organizations and partners we work alongside. Embedding helpful reminders and security best practices throughout your employee and customer communications is an ongoing process.

Unfortunately, internal errors are still a leading cause of data breaches for companies of all sizes and in all industries. Additionally, as we’ve seen the consumerization of IT grow exponentially, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and apps that aren’t “company approved” continue to serve as a gateway for breaches. In fact, 74% of IT leaders from global enterprises report that their organizations have experienced a data breach as a result of a mobile security issue. Let’s examine why, and then review some of the training programs you can put in place to keep all your key constituents vigilant.

Employee Negligence & Security Breaches

It happens every day. An employee clicks on a phishing email, accidentally uploads confidential data to a public-facing website, or loses a company-issued device. Before you know it, hackers are holding your company hostage with ransomware or stealing the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of your employees and customers.

According to Shred-it’s 2019 State of the Industry Report, corporate executives admit employee negligence has led to 52% of security breaches. For most of your employees this is just a matter of awareness, vigilance, and being taught what to do (and what not to do) in certain situations.

Today’s Digital & Remote Employee

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