Are your staff the biggest threat to your business?

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The weakest link in the chain of a resilient and secure IT system is your employee’s. 

We’ll be looking closely at why this is and how to ensure your staff are aware of today’s cyber threats.

Why your staff may be the weakest link?

This comes down to your staff’s risk score and awareness of cyber threats.  

You can invest many thousands in implementing IT security systems to keep your business secure however, no one system is 100% secure, and this leaves some risk.

The most common vulnerability is incoming email and how your staff interact to email phishing attacks.

Email phishing comes in many forms, and while some staff might be aware of what to look for, not all will.

Are you confident that all employees who have access to company email are 100% aware of the threats?

Do they know how to spot a phishing email when they come into contact with one?

How to fix it:

There are, of course, some simple steps to increase confidence and reduce your businesses risk score in this area.

First on the list is running regular cyber security awareness sessions.  These often take the form of a lunch and learn where staff and the IT team can get together to learn about the most common and newest types of cyber threats that are out there. 

Running these regularly every quarter is advisable. 

The other course of action is running simulated email phishing attacks. 

There are off the shelf solutions that will test the awareness of the workforce to email phishing by running a simulated phishing attack, we can also offer this service for you.

The beauty of the simulated attack is that you can profile each employee’s risk score. 

This can then be followed up by the correct level of cyber awareness training.

Other types of simulated attack include USB key drops, where a USB thumb drive is intentionally left somewhere with sensitive-looking files within. 

The simulated test is then run to record if the files are accessed. 

While most users are now aware of the risks that USB drives can pose, this is an excellent simulation to run to spot any weaknesses again. If you would like to learn more about how we can help your business become more cyber aware please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, either via our web site at or by commenting below.

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