Good Cybersecurity At Work Starts At Home

Post by: Bill Duenges
Forbes Technology Council

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Like a dog with a biscuit, a link in an email is so enticing that most employees want to click no matter the ramifications. It is a problem the majority of organizations have today -- the end user and the malicious links that show up in their email. When curiosity killed the cat, how are companies going to stop the click?

The majority of companies today employ sophisticated layers of security to disrupt malicious characters from gaining access to the network and its data, but in the end, it always comes down to the end user. How do you teach the end user to not click the link? Train them on good security at home. The key to good cybersecurity at the office is teaching the end user what to do at home when they are not protected by corporate security.

Develop Strong Passwords On All Home Network Devices, Especially Their Computer And Websites They Use

Teach and show them the difference between a strong password and a weak password. Nothing is more powerful than showing a person how quickly a weak password can be cracked.

Teach Them How To Hover Over Links
In the office, modern email spam filters rewrite links, but what about the links that make it through? Teach the users how to hover and read a URL link. When they are doing it every day at home to protect their home network, they will do the same to protect the corporate network.

Teach All Users The Pillars Of Identifying A Spam Email

There are some common elements of spam that users can use to identify malicious emails:

• They always seem to include a rush or a drop-dead date.
• Words are misspelled, or punctuation is in the wrong place.
• Check the display name to see if the domain matches the name. In a fraudulent email, these will not match.

Teach All Users The Importance Of Three-Two-One Backups
Teaching users how to protect data at home ensures they will take the proper precautions in the office. As most system administrators know, laptop backups don’t always work -- and there always seem to be problems right when the user needs the data most. Teaching the end user a good backup policy at home means they will be more likely to take the same care with their corporate data. Teach them to keep:

• Three copies of all data
• Two copies on different mediums
• One copy offsite

Explain The Differences Between The Different Wi-Fi Encryption Strengths And What Each Does

If possible, show them how easy it is to crack a Wi-Fi password that is not strong. This comes in very handy when the end user is working from the coffee shop or traveling and utilizing their phone as a hot spot.

When you empower and train the employees, cybersecurity at the office becomes easier because they understand the dangers, and they understand what the organization is doing to protect them. At some point, a technology that an organization employs to protect itself may fail, and the only thing standing between the malicious actor and the data will be the end user. I would rather have an empowered, trained end user than an end user who relies on the organization for their protection. Mistakes will be made, and immediate follow-up training should be done, but practicing their cybersecurity skills at home will make those mistakes few and far between. In all organizations, every single person needs to think about cybersecurity and be a partner in protecting the network. Feeding the employee knowledge, like feeding a dog, will make that link less irresistible.
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