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How one wrong click could cost you £8K

Replying to emails on-the-go, BYOD strategies and remote working can make it harder than ever for organisations to keep tabs on their employee's network activity. Cyber criminals are becoming smarter and more manipulative, they aim to by-pass your IT team and deliberately target those 'unaware' employees who are the 'weak link' in your security strategy. While your business may have the best technology defences, cyber criminals know that your people may be less well defended.

The importance of people

The cyber resiliency framework (below) has three important components: People, Process and Technology, which combine to keep your business safe from cyber threats. 

In this matrix 'people' form a key part of your defence strategy, your 'human firewall'. Everyone in the business needs to be aware of their role in preventing and reducing cyber threats, whether it's handling sensitive data, understanding how to spot phishing emails or the use of the BYOD. Industry reports show that 30% of phishing messages get opened by targeted users and human error accounts for 52% of security breaches. With the average breach costing UK SMBs £8k, not training your staff could harm your business.

The Cyber Security framework

Components of the cyber security mix

 

What can businesses do?

Lead from the front

The responsibility of cyber-security should not be left solely to the IT department, you need to create a cyber security culture throughout the organisation. It's common that the higher the position in the organisation, the higher the risk of a well-targeted and executed phishing attack. Everyone from senior management down needs to be on board with business owners and senior management leading by example.

Implement a cyber security policy

Your cyber security policy will provide staff with the guidelines they need to put their best foot forward when it comes to online activity. It also provides reassurance that the organisation is doing all they can to protect their people, data and assets. 

Cyber education 

Deliver cyber training and testing for your employees to give them the knowledge and skills to repel cyber-attacks. The most common method is to invest in an external training program. When choosing your training platform, it's important to consider the following factors:

To combat the rising threat of cyber-attacks, NTE has launched a suite of simple monthly services to address cyber security concerns across people, process and technology. You can be confident that you're secure, giving you the time to focus on your day-to-day business. Interested? Contact one of our cyber security experts today

 

 

 

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