Due to an enormous increase in cyber attacks and cyber security risks, the topic of digital security has come to the front of many businesses’ minds. Businesses of all types, sizes and industries are being attacked mainly due to a lack of preparation and organisational security awareness.
But what are the weakest links for most businesses when it comes to cyber security risks?
The number 1 weak link for businesses when it comes to cyber security risks — by a long, long shot — is their own people.
From falling for phishing emails, and clicking on links or downloading documents that turn out to be malware, to being a victim of business email compromise (BEC) scams that end up losing the company a lot of money, employees are a company’s greatest liability when it comes to cyber security.
Tackling this problem can be difficult for employers: simply getting rid of employees isn’t an option when you need them to run your business! Educating employees on cyber risks is a key step, but this does require resources, and the participation and full buy-in of employees. This may sometimes be a mammoth challenge, as employees who have “always” done things a certain way may be reluctant to change.