Are your employees a security weakness?

Employees are considered very valuable to a business. Their skills keep a business running and your customers happy. However, even though employees are a company’s biggest asset, they can also be a company’s weakest link. With the rise of cybersecurity issues such as hackers, ransomware and phishing emails, it has been argued that employees could pose the biggest risk to a business.

In 2016, it was estimated that the number of phishing emails which contained ransomware was 97.25%, and since the beginning of 2016 more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have taken place. If you are not providing your employees with the information they need on how to minimise the risk of these attacks happening, it could cost your business time, money and even damage your reputation.

How can you minimise your exposure to these threats?

As well as ensuring you have the latest anti-virus software and your systems are up-to-date, training your employees is the best way to help you prevent these attacks happening.

It is vital that all your employees know:

  • What emails they should and should not open
  • What to do if they think they have received a phishing email
  • Signs that their computer has a virus
  • The protocol if they believe a cyber-attack has occurred
  • How a cyber breach can impact the company

While there is no 100% sure way of preventing cyber-attacks, by ensuring your employees are properly trained about potential cyber risks, you can help minimise the chance of them occurring.

How can you identify a potential phishing email or ransomware?

There are several ways ransomware could be delivered to your computer, but it is most likely to come through phishing emails. You may think that it is easy to identify these emails as most of the content of the email is irrelevant to you, or contains poor grammar and spelling…but this is not always the case. Cyber-attacks are becoming more and more advanced, and it is now much more difficult to tell a real email apart from a ‘deadly’ one. Our advice is that if you ever receive an email from someone you don’t know or you are not familiar with any attachment sent to you, you should NOT download it.

SCS Technology Solutions have a dedicated technical team who would be happy to advise you about the best way to stay safe online. If you would like any advice on cyber security, please contact our team on 0800 9520652.