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Business Smart: Five Things to Teach Employees about Cyber Security

When you run a business, it is critical for everyone to be on the same page when it comes to cyber security. By ‘everyone’ we mean the owners, administration, and even the employees. There have been far too many horror stories about a system being breached because of one person’s mistake.

 

Regularly Change Passwords

Regularly Change Passwords - Business Smart: Five Things to Teach Employees about Cyber Security
If your business has a VPN, it would be normal to be assigned a password. This does not mean that they should just keep that password. Teach them that they have the option to change it. Let them know they should make it a habit to consistently change passwords every 30 days or so. This helps boost the security of any gadget or computer that they will be using for their work.

 

No Unauthorized Downloads

No Unauthorized Downloads - Business Smart: Five Things to Teach Employees about Cyber Security
Pretty much everyone has a personal computer. While this can mean that your employees have a basic understanding of software, this can also mean that they will have their own preferences for a PC setup. This can mean downloading certain programs that can compromise the security. Teach your employees to never download anything without getting explicit permission from the moderator or the administrators.

 

Do Not Share Your Device

Do Not Share Your Device - Business Smart: Five Things to Teach Employees about Cyber Security
This is very important for any business that provides gadgets for their employees. It is to be expected to have an employee allow a spouse or significant other to access their device; this is something that should be avoided as much as possible. Anyone who is unauthorized must not be granted access to a company issued device over the risk of it being compromised. The employee may be well aware of security do’s and do not’s—the same cannot be said for the unauthorized person.

 

Think Before You Click

Think Before You Click - Business Smart: Five Things to Teach Employees about Cyber Security
There are a lot of spoof and fake websites out there that try to pass off as legitimate ones. These are all in the hope that someone would unknowingly log in their credentials to a fake site. This can be severely damaging for a business that deals in sensitive information.

 

Regularly Scan for Viruses and Malware

Regularly Scan for Viruses and Malware - Business Smart: Five Things to Teach Employees about Cyber Security
Every computer should ideally have proper antivirus software in it. What is quite annoying is that there is always the option to delay the scan for any abnormalities or weaknesses in the system. Teach your employees to never delay the scan and to actually make it a habit to start and end their day with a system scan.

 

Therefore

When you have a business, do make cyber security discussions a priority for everyone in your staff. The employees are a crucial part in making your business become stable and bloom successfully. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the cyber security of the company is upheld to its maximum optimization.

Which lesson have you taught your employees about cyber security?

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