How can I educate my team on cyber security?
They “aren’t really that good with IT” and a little too trusting
Beware of Geeks bearing gifts
Key Cyber security tips for end users
- Stop and think before you click on email links or attachments. Are you expecting it? Do you really need it? Even if it appears to come from someone you know or a colleague, is what they are asking unusual? If in doubt, call them (dont reply to the email)
- If you are suddenly asked for your email or system credentials on clicking a link .. STOP! It is very likely that this is a phisching scam to gain acces to your email or system. In simulations, around 2% of users input their credentials .. dont be one of them!
- Be especially alert and smart when surfing the internet. Resist the temptation to click through on adverts or to see what a celebrity has done this week. We detect and block hundreds of such sites daily that are either “dodgy” or infected
- Avoid freebies on the internet; they often come with a sting in the tail. Lots of free software these days can come with unwelcome additions if downloaded from the wrong place. Free file, video or music sharing sites are also dangerous. Beware of geeks bearing gifts!
- Be alert for warnings from your antivirus and don’t cancel a scan just because it is slowing you down. If it is trying to tell you something this should not be ignored .. no matter how busy you are!
- Allow updates for Microsoft, Java, Flash and Reader to install. A system without updates is a vulnerable one.
- If you do think you have caught a bug, then you don’t want to infect your network. Unplug your PC immediately and call IT support. Better safe than sorry!
- Be aware that an antivirus alone cannot protect you against infection and shouldnt allow you to get lulled into a false sense of security. You have a responsibility too!
Remember, while your staff are the weakest link they are also your first line of defence. A little training and awareness can save you a world a pain.
“How can I educate my team on cyber security/” was written by Lindsey Hall who is a Cyber Essentials accredited practitioner
Related links for further reading
- What can I do to reduce cyber risk in my business?
- The National Cyber Security Centre (external)
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As both an entrepreneur and an IT specialist, Lindsey offers a blend of deep technical expertise and commercial insight, delivered in language business owners can really understand and trust. She works with clients to provide a full range of services from strategic advice through to project management and infrastructure support.
Lindsey is an accredited Cyber Essentials Consultant