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Are your employees equipped to use the Internet and email securely?

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00

How certain are you that your employees understand the risks posed by their use of the Internet? And do you trust that your employees know how to minimise risks – and what to do when they discover a threat?

We all rely on the Internet and email for marketing, communications and essential business operations – but how often do we step back and assess the risks?

Evolving risks

Hackers and fraudsters are constantly looking for vulnerabilities. Businesses are regularly assailed by financially-motivated agents, as well as state-funded hackers in search of intellectual property and the disruption of commercial activity.

The threat from within

In recent years, organisations have discovered that digital security and processes are not enough to prevent hacks, malware and data loss, because even the most robust systems can be swiftly neutered by an untrained (or disgruntled) employee. This has brought a renewed focus on employee training and the need to defend against internal threats. So, what can your organisation do to help employees use the Internet and email securely?

Assess your technology risks

Before you consider what kind of training your employees require, you must evaluate the potential threats to your business. For example, you might have a database of customer data, precious intellectual property or product designs, vital systems, online resources or costly digital infrastructure. Does your business have any compliance requirements? Are these being met – and protected? Once you have identified the threats, you can devise a strategy for mitigating and managing risks.

Security policy

Does your organisation have an up-to-date security policy? It's important that your employees read the policy and understand everything it covers, such as:

  • Safe IT usage
  • Acceptable software
  • BYOD – can employees use their own devices?
  • Data protection and sharing
  • Removable media – can employees use USB drives and other media?
  • Password practices
  • Dealing with suspicious emails and content
  • Keeping back ups
  • Digital vigilance and reporting

Training is clearly a core component of modern digital security. Your employees represent a significant risk – whether intentional or accidental – and regular training is the best way to ensure that every individual recognises the threats and their role in preventing a security breach. Training should be mandatory and regularly refreshed to cope with the changing nature of digital security. Employee training programmes should form the core of a comprehensive security setup.

Courses from DeltaNet

Employees can learn how to use the internet and email securely by taking this short course.

DeltaNet International also offers a range of online training, including courses on Cyber Security, Fraud Awareness and Data Protection. Because our courses are available online, they are convenient for your employees and affordable for your business.

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