Network SecurityHow secure is your network? A recent study by CompTIA links human error as the primary cause of security breaches. In fact, human error is at fault 58 percent of the time, as compared to technology error occurring 42 percent of the time. This survey of over 1500 business and technology executives points to the need to teach staff the importance of Network Security.

Common Cybersecurity Threats

Today’s businesses rely on a number of Cloud Services to maintain competitive edge, agility and efficiency. These applications run on a variety of devices including tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices. Failure of employees to keep up with threats from social media and mobile malware can impact the security perimeter of your business. The more your employees know of the risks, the more likely they are to follow policies and procedures to help avoid compromise.

Network Security Risks

Big companies are big targets. Larger organizations may have big databases of customer information that may entice hackers to strike. However, larger organizations may have sophisticated threat detection to identify security breaches so they can respond quickly to a cyber attack. Alternatively, threats at smaller companies may go undetected. While the amount of data may not be as large, hackers may view smaller organizations as easy targets. What’s worse, smaller organizations may be less likely to recover from a privacy breach.

Security Training for Your Staff

There is a range of topics to address within your company. It is important for your team to understand the range of threats that can compromise your company data. Antivirus, Malware, Phishing and even SMS Phishing (SMISHING) are common ways a hacker will try to access your information. Employees may even get calls from imposters outside the company, claiming to be your IT Staff, looking for exploits. Other topics include keeping personal and business passwords separate, and the importance of data encryption.

Given the risk of human error, it is important to talk openly and frequently with your staff about the importance of network security and the threat and related risks of cybersecurity breach. If you would like to find out more about what you can do to avoid security risks, contact your Network expert today.

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