Are Your Employees Putting Your Business at Risk?

Gemma Baker |

Cyber security has been appearing constantly in the news this year, and this month is no different. Intel Security has released “Hacking the Skills Shortage," a study of the international shortage in cybersecurity skills, using the market research of Tech Firm, Vanson Bourne.

Vanson Bourne interviewed 775 IT decision-makers from countries including the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Israel that are involved in cyber security within their companies.

Their key findings include:

  • 82% of respondents report a shortage of cybersecurity skills71% of respondents report the shortage in cybersecurity skill does direct and measurable damage.
  • 9 out of 10 respondents said that cybersecurity technology could help compensate for skill shortages.
  • 3 out of 4 (76%) respondents said their government is not investing enough in building cybersecurity talent.

    Do Your Employees Have Cyber Security Awareness?

Despite the skill shortage, every employee within an organization should have a minimum level of training and awareness to help keep the company secure. These include:

  • Ensuring security procedures are known throughout the company and are put into practice.
  • Have named administrators to install new programs on employee work computers, identify what files can be stored by a user.
  • Restrict what documentation employees can use and edit, only allow access to folders that are applicable to their job. For example, don’t let a customer service representative have access to the company’s operations information.
  • Ensure sensitive information kept electronically is password protected.
  • Don’t share passwords; don’t give them out over the phone, email or live chat etc.
  • Change passwords often and try and not use the same ones for emails, live chat, and website logins etc.
  • Ensure employees can identify spam emails and remove them effectively.
  • Employees should be encouraged to speak up if they notice anything strange happening with their PC.

The skills shortage is affecting many organizations globally; ensure your staff are not putting your company at risk of cyber-attacks, by confirming all procedures are followed and anyone lacking the basic skill set should be re-trained.

If you have any opinions on how else employees can safeguard their business leave your comments below.

Gemma Baker is the marketing executive for UK live chat provider Click4Assistance, with expertise and knowledge in PPC advertising, SEO practices, Email and Social Media Marketing.

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