Protecting your business from various threats is a group effort. It’s something that you need to involve your employees with if you want to be successful. In addition to the things that all businesses have always had to worry about, such as theft, modern companies also need to think about cybersecurity. It’s not always easy for employees to understand the cybersecurity issues that can affect your business and how they can help to prevent them. However, with the right help, your employees can begin contributing in ways to protect your business.
Here are some tips to make it easier for them.
Use the Right Tools
When you want to protect your business, technology can do a lot of the work for you. If you already have things like alarm systems and digital security passes, you should be sure to get the right tools for cybersecurity too.
Using anti-phishing software helps to prevent phishing emails so that your employers don’t have to spend too much of their time weeding out suspicious communications. You can also provide tools such as anti-virus software and other software that does the work for you. Of course, it’s essential to keep these tools up to date so that they can continue providing the best protection.
Provide Them with Training
Even if you give your staff the right tools, they could still make mistakes or fall for scams. Technology can’t do everything for them, so it’s also a good idea to ensure they have the right training and education. If they know how to spot a suspicious website or email or they know what to do if they see an unknown person in the building, they will be able to respond appropriately.
Regular training will help your employees stay up to date with the latest trends and threats. Employees should be able to handle these situations properly as well if they are provided with proper, consistent training.
Limit Access to Data
When it comes to protecting sensitive data, one of the best things that you can do is limit access to it. Most of your employees won’t need access to a lot of the data that you hold, so you can make sure that only those who need it have access to different data.
Some employees won’t need access to critical data at all, especially junior employees who could present a risk to the company due to making unfortunate mistakes. Consider who needs access to which types of data and avoid allowing access to anyone who may not need it.
Don’t Expect Too Much from Them
While your employees can help to protect your business, it’s important not to expect them to do too much. For example, while they might be able to spot a shoplifter, it’s not their job to chase after them (unless they are security staff).
Your employees might be able to help spot cybersecurity scams or a data breach, but it doesn’t mean that they are capable of dealing with the issue themselves. They need help to carry out their duties, and they also need to be able to get on with their other work.
By giving your employees the right tools and education, you can help them to protect your business.
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.