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Employee negligence could be your biggest security risk

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The risk of cyber criminals is no match for the danger of human error.

According to a 2018 State of the Industry Report conducted by document security company ShredIt, employee error accounted for a whopping 71 percent of data breaches reported by the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) surveyed.

Unfortunately, employees tend to take cybersecurity requirements too lightly, and their organizations don’t spend enough time educating them on its importance. Untrained employees ultimately become one of the biggest security vulnerabilities to every organization's cyber safety.

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Employee error can arise in many forms, such as clicking an unfamiliar link, accidentally downloading ransomware, or interacting with malicious emails. So, it is important that every organization is prepared to prevent and remediate potential damage.

BEC cautionary tale

Employee errorA client of ours in the hospitality industry fell victim to business email compromise (BEC) as a result of an employee overlooking a potential security risk. While the company’s CEO was out of the country, an employee received an email from a spoofed account requesting a large money transfer. Without hesitation, the employee sent over company funds, under the impression that it was being received by the CEO.

Unfortunately, this company never got their money returned. However, after the attack, the company's IT manager reached out looking for recommendations to deal with these malicious emails and educate employees on security protocols. Datalink Networks' expert engineers can scan the active directory for threats, suggest a security plan, and help implement top-of-the-line security products.

Organizations, both large and small, regularly get caught in this trap. According to a 2018 report from Osterman Research, phishing attacks infected the systems of nearly 30 percent of the organizations surveyed. An additional 18 percent of the organizations were victims of CEO fraud or BEC.

Find out what one hospitality company did next after an employee fell for a #BEC attack and wired a large amount of company funds to a fraudulent accountClick To Tweet

Minimizing risk

Reduce your company's risk of experiencing these damaging cyber-attacks. As a leading managed service provider specializing in managed security, our prevention recommendations are:

Finding the right expert support, such as the support available through our team here at Datalink Networks, is your first step in adopting a stronger security plan. You can never be too prepared. Ensure your organization's cyber safety by eliminating employee risk and getting the necessary solutions in place.

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