Humans: The Last Line of Defense in Cybersecurity


In this day in age, where we all hear about is malware, ransomware and other virus attacks businesses and individual’s get nailed with on a daily basis, human error is still the number one way hackers get in to your systems. That isn’t to say that anti-virus programs and system backups aren’t important, they are still VERY important. After the systems in place to keep your data secure, humans are the last line of defense in this battle. That questionable email attachment, the pop up on the screen that says your computer is infected and call this number right now, and that weird link that could be some cool video, but probably isn’t are all ways that hackers target office individuals to gain access to your business network.

More than 60% of US office workers are unaware of ransomware and the threat it poses to businesses. Employee error is one of the main causes we see when a business gets infected with any type of virus or malware. Do you train or inform your staff of your technology protocol?

Information is key no matter what subject you are talking about. With that in mind, make sure to inform employees regarding your security policies and procedures. Let them know the actions they should be taking when something questionable happens to technology.

All employees and employers should keep the following things in mind in regards to your network security.

  1. Stay updated on the latest ransomware and malware schemes and how to spot them
  2. Avoid clicking on links or attachments in emails you don’t recognize
  3. Steer clear of unknown websites that you don’t trust
  4. Secure your laptop/technology to ensure data or the device isn’t stolen
  5. Shred any secure information to avoid it being stolen

Most important, keep an open dialogue about cyber-security. If something does happen that individual should let someone know right away! There are measures that can be taken if you or a coworker open something that shouldn’t have been clicked on. Call your IT person or provider and let them know what happened so destructive viruses can be stopped.

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