When you set up your security protocols for your company, you likely concern yourself first with direct threats from the outside. You set up firewalls and close your data off within a private or hybrid cloud. This is important, but you cannot forget that most security issues begin from within. Besides the direct attacks you might face, you need to ensure you protect yourself from employee cybersecurity weaknesses. This can make the difference between a secure company and a vulnerable one.
One of the first areas in which employee behavior can create difficulties lies in email usage. Hackers use phishing scams to get people to click links and inadvertently download viruses into your computer network. Employee cybersecurity breakdowns occur more in this area than perhaps any other. Once a breach occurs, this can do damage quickly, or can begin collecting information rapidly before anyone notices.
One solution here is to monitor and restrict company email use, but often employees access personal email accounts on site. This can open up risks for your business that you have much more trouble containing.
Besides the systems your employees access on site, they often bring devices from home to plug in to your computers. Devices that plug in through USB ports can pick up viruses and malware from one place and carry it to another, much as a person immune to an illness can carry and transfer it to someone else. No matter how much you do to protect and quarantine your hardware on site, you cannot always control what your employees do off site and bring with them.
Often, your employees will select passwords for themselves based on ease of remembering, rather than the highest security options. Your employee cybersecurity lapses can come from poorly-selected passwords that are easily guessed by hackers. Further, systems that don’t automatically log out users can be susceptible when employees leave without signing off. If you don’t build in safeguards, your employees can expose you to dangers without ever realizing it.
Building a secure system means controlling employee cybersecurity risks as well as direct outside threats.