Employees are the core of any business – they are also the main target for cyber criminals and malicious activity. Social engineering deceives a user into taking an action through psychological manipulation. As employers, it is imperative that your staff understand the tactics cyber criminals use as their standard practice to defraud. Security awareness training is a key component of everyday business that is often overlooked or forgotten completely.

Securing your physical access to your company door is multi-layered with locks, keys, alarms, badges, etc. – shouldn’t your network deserve the same amount of attention regarding its potential risk of breach? It’s no longer just about securing cyber criminals from outside your organization, it’s also about the inside. With layered security, the likelihood of a breach becomes low by segmenting access – both outside and inside your network – paired with authentication tools, DNS and endpoint protection – all creating a zero-trust environment that doesn’t allow anyone in your network just because they happen to work there by default.

Then, training your staff to know what to look for, how to spot a hustle, and awareness of the latest threats keeps the lines of defense strong and steady. Training and ongoing continuing education must be part of your human resources regimen for a healthy company to succeed. Human error is the #1 factor that causes data breaches to occur – making sure your employees are educated on potential risks will pivot your greatest company vulnerability into your company’s greatest asset! The threat landscape is constantly evolving, in turn so should your approach be to defense.