I was asked to contribute to an article for Computing Security, focusing on IT security practices on how an effective cybersecurity strategy must include employee training: http://www.btc.co.uk/Articles/index.php?mag=Security&page=compDetails&link=7074
Any effective cybersecurity strategy should include information about how employees can safeguard against, not only external threats, but insider threats too, cautions Andrew Tang, service director, security, MTI Technology. "It also needs to include perimeter protection, but, as companies are increasingly working with cloud-based solutions, remotely and from various devices, it also needs to be sophisticated and fool-proof. Companies should invest in training all employees, regardless of seniority, on best practice when using a corporate network.
"Staff should understand how to protect against internal and external intrusions, as well as how to stay safe when accessing and sharing sensitive corporate data, opening emails from non-trusted sources and why businesses have approved corporate channels for storing data. It shouldn't just be a case of setting procedures and guidelines; staff should understand the consequences and risks of misuse or misjudgement when accessing corporate networks," he says.
"Employees should also be educated on the importance of password setting, as those that use a variation of the same password across different platforms leave the network vulnerable to attack. IT can also implement two-way authentication to add an extra layer of protection," adds Tang. "While the CIO should ultimately be responsible for implementing and monitoring employee guidelines and policies around cyber security, they should work closely with the HR team and heads of departments to ensure that safe computer usage becomes company culture. When a workforce is educated around safe IT usage, the chance of a business network being hacked is significantly reduced."