Even with data security issues staring businesses in the face, some businesses still fail to safeguard their data; a move that can only lead to bad things. Human factors in cybersecurity can be detrimental to your data, and it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to safeguarding your systems from human error.
Businesses that drag their feet in curbing employee bad habits put their data at risk. It’s no surprise that human error is still the primary reason for data loss. According to Unitrends, 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human factors.
Human error in relation to cybersecurity includes any action that can potentially jeopardize the security of your data systems. From clicking on an untrusted email attachment to browsing carelessly on a public Wi-Fi network, any seemingly harmless act on the part of your employees and their workstations can have major consequences.
Data now lives in more places than ever, and employee data etiquette will have a major impact on your data protection and IT security. Even if your company has properly deployed a VPN and has invested in top-of-the-line cybersecurity defenses and backups to protect against ransomware, there will always be the potential for human error.
A cluttered inbox can be a treasure trove for hackers looking for some easily retrievable personal information or a careless click. Experienced hackers tend to send their phishing emails with malicious links during the busiest parts of the workday in hopes that a few of your team members will click through without a second thought.
Hackers also love to prey on employees who may be unfamiliar with (or unphased by) safe web browsing tactics. Accessing a public Wi-Fi network and/or using the same password for every login can put your business’s data right at the fingertips of bad actors looking to cause damage.
Businesses who delay in addressing their employees’ data etiquette could be sabotaging themselves. This makes having a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution and plan critical for all businesses. Ask yourself the following questions:
- If a business disruption occurs, how would recovery of lost data happen?
- Where will the restoration occur?
- How does your business continue to operate?
If your business does have a BDR solution and plan, it is important that it be tested and that your policies and procedures factor in the possibility of something going wrong. An effective BDR solution and plan should account for all of the following:
Any gaps in your employee data etiquette and BDR solution planning must be closed to ensure the resilience of your entire network. Let SSE help assess your cybersecurity with a complimentary network scan and review of your existing environment.
After more than 30 years in business, we’ve gained experience in protecting both our business and our clients’ businesses against cybercrime attacks. We know what to look for in terms of human error and cybersecurity and are prepared to take the steps necessary to safeguard your business should something fall through the cracks. Set up your initial consultation today to learn where you might be vulnerable and how you can better protect your business.
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