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Is Your Staff A Cybersecurity Liability?

Don’t assume that cybersecurity is something you can “set and forget” – you need a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, involving both your technology as well as your staff, to ensure you’re secure.

Don’t assume that cybersecurity is something you can “set and forget” – you need a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, involving both your technology as well as your staff, to ensure you’re secure.

When everything is going well, the last thing you want to do is think about what will happen when something goes wrong.

It can be easy to think that you’re safe just because you’ve recently bought some new hardware, or updated your security software, or simply the fact that it’s been a while since you had to deal with a major issue.

Don’t let that give you false confidence.

We don’t have to dwell on the potential for disaster though – you and I know that it’s a possibility, so let’s just leave it at that.

What’s important about this is that you know to cover your bases. No need to assume the worst – just plan for it, so you know you’re covered.

What Are The Main 3 Areas Of Cybersecurity That You Need To Verify?

As important as cybersecurity is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow this checklist to ensure you have all your bases covered:

  • Do You Have The Necessary Range Of Cybersecurity Solutions? This is easy – do you have a firewall? Do you have antivirus software? Do you have a spam filter for your email? By investing in these solutions, you can eliminate a vast majority of common cybersecurity threats.
  • Does Your Staff Follow Cybersecurity Best Practices? The next step is to make sure your staff is contributing to your cybersecurity, not hurting it. This is easily the most overlooked part of cybersecurity in modern businesses today.

For example, cybercriminals often use email as a way to transmit viruses, ransomware, and other malicious software. Give your staff the following list and have them walk through it when they’re unsure about an email:

    • Do I know the sender of this email?
    • Does it make sense that it was sent to me?
    • Can I verify that the attached link or PDF is safe?
    • Does the email threaten to close my accounts or cancel my cards if I don’t provide information?
    • Is this email really from someone I trust or does it just look like someone I trust? What can I do to verify?
    • Does anything seem “off” about this email, its contents or sender?
  • Is Everything Up To Date? You may have, at one point, invested in everything we’ve talked about above. Say you bought the best firewall, antivirus, and other security solutions that money can buy. Say you put your entire staff through an in-depth security training program.
    • When was it?
    • Last year?
    • Three years ago?
    • Longer?

While it’s certainly commendable that, at one point, you invested in proper cybersecurity solutions and practices. Unfortunately, if you don’t keep up with them, then it’s all for nothing.

It’s in the nature of cybercrime that it’s constantly evolving and changing. That’s why cybersecurity is only as good as it is current. Everything needs to be updated on a regular basis to make sure it’s still effective.

What’s The Only Way To Cover All Your Bases At Once?

Partner with an expert team of cybersecurity professionals – like Alliance Technology Partners.

We’re proud to provide our clients with a range of vital cybersecurity solutions, as well as a proven program to keep their employees confidently trained in cybercrime tactics.

Sound too good to be true?

Allow us to introduce you to Armada Project – features include:

Continuous Security Training

  • Weekly Micro Security Training
  • Delivered via Partner Branded Email to Employees
  • 1-2 Minute Bite-Sized Training Modules
  • Ongoing Training Keeps Security Top of Mind
  • Rich Multi-media Makes Topics Interesting

Monthly Employee Security Newsletter

  • Unique, Non-Technical, Magazine-style Newsletters (Sample Newsletter)
  • Reinforces Security Training
  • Delivered via Partner Branded Email to Employees

Simulated Phishing Attack Platform

  • Fake Phishing Emails Test Employee Awareness
  • Ability to Track and Report Employee Actions
  • Partner Selects Campaign Configuration Options
  • Successful Attacks Show Partner Branded Landing Page

Annual Security Risk Assessment

  • Risk Assessment Report
  • Additional Security Recommendations
  • Threats Analysis / Risk Determination

Security Policies and Procedures

  • Electronic Acknowledgment of Policies
  • Administrator Report of Policy Acknowledgment

By having our expert team of IT security professionals equip you with robust cybersecurity solutions, train your staff to spot and eliminate threats, as well as keep everything up to date, you can ensure all your cybersecurity bases are covered.

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