Mitigate Risk with Security & Training
An educated workforce is critical to securing your organization. Manage risk, stay compliant and safeguard your intellectual property and customer data. Security and security policies are, by themselves, highly ineffective without training those affected by their implementations. Research shows that employee negligence continues to be a main cause of data breaches. Your workforce needs to be aware of their responsibilities and understand the risks of their behavior.
Social Engineering Awareness
Social engineering is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. The types of information these criminals are seeking can vary, but when individuals are targeted, the criminals are usually trying to trick you into giving them your passwords or bank information. They will also try to access your computer to secretly install malicious software that will give them access to your passwords and bank information as well as giving them control over your computer.
Criminals use social engineering tactics because it is usually easier to exploit your natural inclination to trust than it is to discover ways to hack your software. For example, it is much easier to fool someone into giving you their password than it is for you to try hacking their password (unless the password is really weak).
Security is all about knowing who and what to trust. Knowing when and when not to take a person at their word; when to trust that the person you are communicating with is indeed the person you think you are communicating with; when to trust that a website is or isn’t legitimate; when to trust that the person on the phone is or isn’t legitimate; when providing your information is or isn’t a good idea.
Security professionals know that the weakest link in the security chain is the human who accepts a person or scenario at face value.
Having a thorough knowledge of social engineering tactics, users can have a heightened awareness of simple to elaborate social engineering schemes, significantly increasing your ability to protect against these predatory practices.
End-User Security Training
A vital component to effective security and policy enforcement is end-user training. Unless employees understand the importance of your security policies, most view security as something that only the employer has to worry about. Employees need to learn why security policies have been created and implemented, your compliance requirements and how compliance violations will affect them and the work environment.
AVTG, in conjunction with our training partners, offer a number of training classes to help your users in understanding your company's security posture, how to prevent compliance violations and how to identify and avoid falling prey to common phishing, spear phishing and social engineering attacks. Call us today to discuss.