It’s happening: unskilled hackers are accessing sophisticated systems easily, and more often. And antivirus software can’t keep pace with advanced phishing attacks. Unintentional clicks from a single workstation can usher in ransomware, bring on a data breach or even a cyber heist. What would happen if your site went down for several days? Or if your company were fined by the government for non-compliance? Or, even more seriously, what would happen if you lost the trust of your clients?

It’s likely that your business has suffered a data breach in the past twelve months. If your clients’ personal information, including social security and credit card numbers, was not stolen, call it luck. But if easy-to-use programs are taking down Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, and so on, imagine the catastrophe when hackers turn their sites on your financial institution.  Is there anything you can do about it?  You bet there is.

It starts with education. Your employees are your most vulnerable entry point, but also your first line of defense – and your star foot soldiers. Keep them aware, compliant, and always up to speed. Send the message that you depend on them to defend the system, and they’ll become your human firewall. What’s the best tactic for delivering this information? Professional, comprehensive awareness training. Live demonstrations of actual attacks are the fastest way to familiarize employees with the latest social engineering hacker tricks, and how to respond to them.

It can be applied in day-to-day situations. You already have quality products in place: filters, firewalls and antivirus software. But you need a strategic tool that works in an in-depth capacity when attacks make it past those first-level defense mechanisms. Spam, phishing, spear-phishing, malware, ransomware, and social engineering are all now in use by hackers, but they can be conquered. With effective training, your employees will be aware of the most important current attack vectors, and will know how to defend your system while they’re doing their job.

It’s easy to get started, and affordable for businesses of all sizes. Our cloud-based service makes scheduling automated training campaigns and simulated phishing attacks quick, and the free engineering tools we give you keep your employees’ skills sets sharp. Ready to learn more? Click on:  https://www.spccompanies.com/free-technology-consultation

And remember:

It only takes one infected computer on your system to spread malware to all of your other connections, without your even knowing it’s happening.