Train your workforce and limit risks
A new report by Mimecast, the cloud-based email management specialist, reveals that some 60% of organisations believe it’s inevitable or likely they will suffer from an email-borne cyberattack in the coming year. Email remains a key conduit for increasingly sophisticated hackers resulting in impersonation fraud, business email compromise, ransomware, and internal threats that arrive inside organisational environments via the email perimeter.
The fall out
When organizations fall victim to an email-borne attack, recovery can be an enormous challenge. Mimecast’s report shows that in the past year nearly a third of respondents experienced data loss (31%), 31% suffered a drop in productivity and 29% had to cope with business interruption downtime.
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The internal threat
Some 60% of companies surveyed in by Mimecast said they had been hit by an attack spread from an infected user to other employees yet surprisingly, 55% owned up to the fact that they do not provide cybersecurity awareness training for their staff regularly!
Mimecast says the IT, telecoms, and technology sector reports that 70% of companies have been hit by malicious activity spread amongst employees.
- 77% believe poor password hygiene is a risk
- 75% identify inadvertent data leaks as high risk.
Secure from within
It’s now critical for organizations to implement a security system to protect against data leaks in internal-to-internal emails, data leaks or exfiltration in outbound email, and malware or malicious links in the outbound email. The ‘security from within’ approach must be part of any digital transformation strategy yet human error plays a role in half of the world’s data breaches with staff shown to contribute to the cyberattack risk factor.
Your human firewall
To transform your employees into your ‘human firewall’ you need to invest in regular training and foster a strong, inhouse security culture. Mimecast experts recommend monthly training and it warns that without a clear cyber resilience or mitigation culture, vulnerabilities may develop which could be exploited.
And based on its vast experience, Mimecast says training programs need to meet three criteria:
- Foster a pro-active security culture
- Use engaging, inclusive images and messages to encourage active participation.
- Make training culturally relevant to each region.
It’s now critical to ensure frequent staff training on cybersecurity issues is built into digital transformation strategies.
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