What is the Best Way to Prevent Data Breaches at Your Company?

Discover the single most important thing you can do to prevent data breaches, ransomware attacks and other forms of cybercrime from affecting your business. 

There are many cybersecurity measures you can take to reduce the odds of being targeted by a cyberattack. Using two-factor authentication, choosing strong passwords and updating software on a regular basis are good security measures to protect your valuable data. However, the very best way to avoid costly data breaches is to not only pay attention to your IT set-up and equipment but also to those who run it.

Data shows that more than 40% of all data breaches are caused by employee error. Following are some likely reasons why:

  • A whopping 88% of companies with more than 1 million folders don’t set appropriate access limitations, enabling employees to get their hands on a great deal of sensitive information with relative ease
  • Estimates indicate that 70% of employees in the United States don’t understand cybersecurity best practices
  • Hospital employees open one out of every seven phishing emails

At the same time, cyberattacks are steadily rising, affecting not only industries but also educational institutions, municipalities, and even non-profit companies. Ransomware attacks, which have risen by 77% in 2019 alone, are becoming particularly pervasive. Other common threats include phishing attacks, DoS attacks, eavesdropping attacks, and malware attacks.

Cybersecurity training for your employees can mean the difference between a safe, thriving business and one that continually struggles with data breaches, downtime, and other IT-related problems. Read on to discover what this form of training entails and how it will help your employees keep your business safe.

What to Expect from Employee Cybersecurity Training

What does cybersecurity training for employees have to offer? Training programs vary but following are some common program components:

  • Clear examples outlining the importance of abiding by a company’s cybersecurity policies
  • Training in recognizing and dealing with phishing emails
  • Training in knowing how to recognize fraudulent emails. It’s not uncommon for hackers to pose as a senior manager or even CEO and ask an employee to send sensitive information.
  • Training in knowing how to handle a malware attack. Knowing what to do if an attack occurs can help you limit the damage done and thus save the company tens of thousands of dollars.
  • Practical tips and tools for backing up data regularly and with ease
  • Assistance in complying with industry regulations

Bear in mind that cybersecurity training is not a one-time event. Ongoing training sessions are needed to help employees continue putting a priority on following a company’s cybersecurity measures and to teach employees how to combat new threats.

Introducing The Orange Crew

The Orange Crew is an IT managed service provider that specializes in serving law offices, accounting firms, small and medium-sized businesses, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. The company has been in business for nearly twenty years and its cybersecurity tools and training programs are second to none. Get in touch with us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our certified, experienced IT experts.