People are the potential weak links in the fight against cybercrime, but with effort businesses and employees can work together to protect themselves and their organisations, according to Palo Alto Networks.
According to the company, it takes just one unwary employee to share their password or plug in an unauthorised device to put a company at risk - and compromise their entire network. As such, it is crucial for businesses and employees alike to stay smart online.
“Employees don’t usually want to harm the business they work for but it’s human nature to make mistakes, or to misunderstand the level of risk. Businesses need to educate employees and ensure they’re taking simple steps to stay smart online,” comments Palo Alto Networks regional vice president A/NZ, Ian Raper.
Here are three key areas in which risk can be introduced to an organisation:
1. Employees working from home or remotely
In many cases an employee’s home network is nowhere near as secure as the corporate network, creating a vulnerability that hackers can exploit. This can be particularly lucrative if the employee accesses sensitive or commercially-valuable information from home. So businesses must:
2. Credential theft and phishing
Hackers still steal people’s passwords and credentials because it remains one of the fastest and most effective ways to gain access to networks. There are three key components to blocking phishing attacks:
3. Human error
People will always be the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain but it is possible to reduce the amount of error. This includes:
“Too many businesses still focus on threat detection and mitigation when they should be focusing on prevention. By strengthening their employees’ awareness of and commitment to cybersecurity, businesses can dramatically reduce the chances of a breach occurring at all,” Raper concludes.