Discover the extent of cyber incidents caused by internal actors and how your company can protect digital business assets with cybersecurity awareness training.
A third of all data breaches are the result of actions by internal parties — usually employees. While not all of these actions are malicious, they point to a critical area of cybersecurity: the need for training and awareness.
Cybersecurity awareness training is the process of providing employees and other users of your network components with education about the policies, procedures and processes related to digital security. It also is the work done to make users aware of the types of cyberthreats, how to be aware of them and what to do if one sees suspicious activity. Cybersecurity awareness training is an important first line of defense in keeping data, systems, devices and users safe and protected from threats from hackers.
According to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 34 percent of nearly 42,000 security incidents analyzed involved internal actors. When broken down by industry, the level of insider involvement is striking. For example, internal actors were behind the majority of breaches in health care (59 percent) and involved in significant percentages of attacks in educational services (45 percent), information services (44 percent) and finance and insurance (36 percent).
Intent is an important distinction. In some cases, employees or other internal threats are motivated by finances, espionage or a grudge. For others, it’s a mistake — a lost external drive, unsecured smartphone or falling victim to a phishing attack — that causes the damage.
No matter what the motivation, the reality is that people within your organization can cause harm. That’s why cybersecurity awareness training is crucial for preventing, detecting and minimizing the impact of attacks.
Your training should cover some of the most common attack types. how to detect them and how to report them within your organization. Here are four core areas of coverage:
At Data Magic Computer Services, we help businesses like yours with managed IT services and cybersecurity solutions to keep data operational and safe. Keep your company protected with education and technologies that keep the bad actors out. To learn more, contact us today.