Employees are seen as one of the biggest threats to an organisation’s IT security. However, according to Charl Ueckermann, chief executive at AVeS Cyber Security, they can actually act as a powerful defence against cyber security threats.

Ueckermann said, “Educating employees on cyber threats and how to use IT resources and the internet securely can help lower security risks, as well as the costs associated with managing those risks.

He added that employees can unintentionally expose their company networks and data to cyber threats in many different ways.

Numerous dangers can be posed

These actions pose a danger not only to the company network but to the end-users themselves. Besides the risk of malware, they could open themselves up to the risk of fraud or identity theft.

However, when employees are aware of the risks associated with these actions, and they understand the do’s and don’ts, they become contributors to the IT security strategy rather than a threat.

“Protecting an organisation’s networks and data takes both technological and behavioural intervention. In fact, effective IT security is the result of managed interplay between people, processes and technology,” said Ueckermann.

How employees can improve security

The chief executive concluded with tips for enjoying technology without fear:

  • Avoid connecting to open WiFi networks.
  • Choose strong passwords for your online accounts that mixes numbers, letters and characters.
  • Don’t use your company email address when signing up for a social media account.
  • Make purchases using trusted online sites. Only submit credit card details on sites that supply encrypted and secure connections.
  • Be careful what you download from the internet because you could inadvertently download malware onto your phone or computer.
  • Be careful about what you post online. Do not give away any information that could help a cyber criminal.
  • Do not share your contact details, banking information or any other personal information.
  • Don’t click on links in emails or open attachments in unsolicited emails from people you do not know.
  • Install antivirus software on your computer and mobile devices up-to-date.
  • Take heed of your company’s security policies around the usage of email and IT resources.

Source: IOL News