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How to: Educate your employees on online security best practices

Mar. 03, 2020 Business/Online Security

Share these tips with your team to keep your business systems and sensitive data safe

As businesses around the world are navigating the move to working remotely, now is a great time to educate your employees on online security.

When it comes to protecting your company’s data and network, your employees are your front line of defense. Even the most resilient firewalls and security software can’t keep you safe if your team is not sufficiently trained.

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Why educate your employees on online security?

One single click on a corrupt link could be enough to cause a major data breach!

Your employees are opening emails and sharing files on a daily basis, and a lack of online security education may create vulnerabilities that can quickly be exploited by cyber criminals.

How to educate your employees on online security

Keep reading to learn the online security best practices that can help to keep your business safe.

  • Protect company data: ask your employees to think twice about sharing sensitive information about your company. This includes responding to an email request from an unknown person, answering questions during an unsolicited phone call, or even sharing a photo on social media that shows a whiteboard or computer screen in the background.
  • Don’t click on suspicious links or pop ups: clicking a seemingly legitimate link and then entering sensitive information is the #1 way that hackers are able to infiltrate business systems. If your employee is unsure about the legitimacy of an email or other communication, ask them to always check with your IT department or IT partner.
  • Practice strong password security: encourage your employees to create passwords that are longer than 8 characters in length, that don’t include anything personally identifiable, and that feature uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. No password should be used for more than one login.
  • Don’t use unsecured Wi-Fi networks: any sensitive information sent over an unsecured network can be intercepted. To avoid this risk, educate your employees on how to recognize the difference between a secure and unsecured Wi-Fi network.
  • Perform updates and backups as instructed: regular updates keep your business safe from vulnerabilities that can be caused by outdated software and operating systems, and a backup means you can quickly restore your data in case of disaster.

Share these tips with your employees and you’ll go a long way to increase their awareness of and vigilance in online security best practices.

How NeverBlue IT can help educate your employees on online security

We understand that a computer system is only as safe as the people using it. That’s why our Cyber Security service includes continued education and training as standard.

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