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 in 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 Devices
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 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