According to the Kaspersky Lab’s State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2018 survey, nearly half (49%) of organizations in all sectors faced critical security consequences due to human error. Whether that error resulted from a phishing scam or clicking on a malicious link, the human factor in cybersecurity is an evergreen problem and needs to be addressed in several ways. Nothing you do can ever truly protect against human error but there are several programs you can set in place to help mitigate the risk associated with your employees.

  1. Go Phishing

Unless you work in the tech industry or have a really good training program, chances are most of your employees don’t know what phishing is. If they don’t even know what it is, how can you expect them to guard against it? Educate your employees on what a phishing email really is, warning signs, as well as precautions to take if they suspect a phishing email.

  1. Bug Bounty

Most of you are probably scratching your head right now or hopping on Google to check out the definition of Bug Bounty. Put simply, it is a deal offered to ethical hackers where they try and infiltrate your systems for compensation. Essentially, you are paying them to hack your system. Many organizations will utilize this method to discover weaknesses within their systems before a criminal hacker takes advantage of them.

  1. Change Those Passwords

Most of the time, unless instructed to do otherwise, users will make their passwords the same or very similar across professional, personal and social accounts. The average end user has 6-10 user ID’s and passwords for different applications that they need to complete their job, and that’s only in the office. When you take all of their passwords into consideration, they could have upwards of 50 passwords they need to remember. With that in mind, we strongly suggest a password management system be implemented across the whole of your organization.

  1. Make Your Cybersecurity Plan Accessible

You recently finished your organization’s updated cybersecurity plan and you are quite proud of the results. The only problem is, you never shared it with your end users. With human error being a major contributing factor in cyber breaches, sharing your amazing cybersecurity plan with the masses is a must.

  1. The Last But Most Important Step – Train Your Staff

What do all of the above steps have in common? You guessed it, Training! Training is your number one defense against human error. Many organizations across multiple industries have found amazing results when they implement a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is not just for onboarding a new hire. You can plan and create a whole program around cybersecurity to keep your human error factor, as low as possible.

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