Cybersecurity breaches can be extremely costly to a company, both in terms of resources and reputation. Employee errors remain a common source of cybersecurity breaches. But employees can also be your best defense against cyber criminals. A good employee cybersecurity policy is the best way to get your staff up to speed. Here are five rules for creating an effective employee cybersecurity policy.
Emphasize the importance of strong passwords
Passwords are a common break-in point for cyber criminals. Give your employees some guidance on what constitutes a strong password and emphasize the importance of maintaining good password discipline. Make sure everyone knows that birthdays, the names of a pet, etc. are not strong passwords. “Some good rules for strong passwords are using upper and lowercase letters, and including numbers and symbols,” recommends William Alexander, tech writer at UKWritings and OXEssays. “Passwords should have a minimum of eight characters. Your policy should also include direction on how to safely store passwords, how to share a password, and how often they should be updated.”
Beware of phishing operations
Phishing scams have become much more elegant and convincing over time. You’re a lot less likely to receive an email from a distant royal family member who needs you to wire them a few thousand dollars so they can access their fortune. The more sophisticated phishing operations will present themselves as coworkers, a government representative, or some other trusted figure. You may even receive an email from a source claiming to be the CEO of the company you work for. “Advise your employees on how to recognize a phishing scam. Be sure they know not to respond to emails asking for sensitive information such as their banking information or password,” writes Ruth Martinson,...
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