As the latest data shows, billions are being lost to cyber-crime each year. The story behind the data is that human error is responsible for 95% of cyber-crime events. By proactively training your staff on IT security strategies, you can take a great step forward in protecting your organisation and safeguarding your data. In this latest post, we’ll highlight the value of creating this human firewall within your organization.
Implementing a security awareness training program may seem like a big challenge, particularly in an organisation which has never utilised such training before. There are many potential topics to cover and numerous ways to cover the topics.
A security awareness training program is only as good as the level of knowledge retention it creates. You need to run cyber knowledge assessments to test your workforce's knowledge both before and after training, to gauge how successful your training efforts have been.
Phishing attacks are quite possibly the most common form of commercial cyber-attack and one which can entirely bypass all the electronic defences you have set up. In 2016, it is estimated that nearly 100,000 phishing attacks targeting companies happened each month, and further, it's an attack type which can be launched at any company regardless of size or prominence.
Cyber Risk Aware wants to ensure every business in the EU is focusing on the most important element of cyber-security while complying with the upcoming GDPR - the human element.
There's a new type of cyber-crime on the rise, one which is not getting nearly as much public exposure as methods such as ransom ware: Business eMail Compromise and CEO Fraud. According to FBI statistics, Business eMail Compromise has seen an increase of over a thousand percent since 2015, and it is quickly growing to be one of the single most costly forms of attack a company can undergo. Worse, this is a style of attack which is based mostly in classic social engineering techniques.
In just a short amount of time, we at Cyber Risk Aware have established ourselves as being one of the frontrunners in a new form of network security. We don't focus on technological solutions; we focus on the human element. When 95% of successful cyber-attacks involve a degree of human error, it's clear that even the most well-engineered (and expensive) high-tech security can be subverted with a single "oops."
Numbers are in from multiple sources, including Kapersky and Symantec - malware activity continued to grow in Q2 2017, and ransomware continues to be the most popular attack type among cyber-criminals.
At Cyber Risk Aware, the latest data we’ve seen highlights the need for more work on the latest security systems to prevent email phishing scams. The test data from Mimecast Limited shows that, of 45 million emails passed through by common email programs, nearly 31% were unsafe.
By learning more on information security, employees can help to protect an organisation and its customers. This level of training is initiated from the top-down. Business leaders must build training programs that provide each employee the level of security awareness that can protect the organisation moving forward. To help guide companies during this process, our Cyber Risk Aware team highlight the process for building an employee security awareness training program.