Why the Biggest Threat to Your Business’ Cyber Security Might be Your Employees
Cyber security is widely acknowledged as being one of the biggest — and fastest growing — threats businesses of all sizes face. From the largest corporations in America to small local entrepreneurs, cyber crime is a constant danger, and one that grows more serious with each passing year.
According to a commonly-cited figure, as many as sixty percent of small businesses that fall victim to cyber criminals shut down within six months, and even large multi-national corporations can become victims of sophisticated hacks that compromise the personal information of millions of individuals.
But while these threats have led many companies to start investing in better cyber security technology and more IT personnel, experts are finding that installing firewalls and encouraging employees to use stronger passwords is not enough if employees don’t actually understand the vectors through which cyber crime operates.
Employees: Cyber Crime’s Unwitting Collaborators
Most employees are not saboteurs trying to take down the company from the inside. But that doesn’t mean they don’t provide cyber criminals with the openings they need to hack into your system. Something as simple as phishing spam is often enough to infect your system with spyware that can lurk quietly in the background, harvesting passwords and personal information.
This doesn’t even need to happen through work email: if employees are using company devices to access their personal email, their device can become a conduit for malware that affects the entire system. Training employees to recognize the dangers and to respect IT best practices is the first and essential step all companies should take toward guarding against cyber attacks of all kinds.
How Encryption Tech Can Help
Humans are fallible, however, and education alone is often not enough to counteract the temptation to take short cuts. This is why many of the world’s leading companies have gone a step further by adopting the latest technology for encrypted messaging that will ensure that your communications system offers no weak points hackers can exploit.
Encrypted smartphones from companies like ChatMail Secure are designed to use unbreakable encryption protocols to protect all messages sent and received. This means that only devices using the same encryption protocol can message with each other, giving malignant third parties no point of entry.
One of the things that makes ChatMail unique, however, is that it offers two layers of encryption: Elliptical Curve Cryptography for messaging with other ChatMail devices, and standard PGP encryption that allows ChatMail users to talk to anyone using PGP encryption. Messages delete automatically (users can set how frequently this happens), and because no information is stored on external servers, the only person who can access the information on a phone is the person with the password.
Good encryption isn’t free, but when you consider how easy it is for hackers to exploit the carelessness of a single employee to hold your entire system hostage using ransomware, or to using contractors or clients as a back door into your network, it is actually one of the more economicalways to approach cyber security.
Don’t wait until it’s too late: make sure your employees adopt safe encryption tools as soon as possible.