Posted by Nexigen Phishing, Managed Services

What does a five-person operation have in common with a Fortune 500 company? Their largest security vulnerability, and most critical defense, is their people. Because of the variety of cyber attacks that can be introduced through a link or download, including malware and ransomware, security services and software only go so far. People are truly the last line of defense.

shutterstock_1563471001Traditional thinking is that the IT department will fight security risks through patching, hardware upgrades and constant diligence. In-house IT or a third-party IT partner will take these tasks on, but keeping employees from other departments out of the process is like building half a fence. After all, a high percentage of breaches are going to go through them, especially through phishing attacks that are growing more and more complex. These attacks are also growing in popularity; over 90% of data breaches happen through phishing.

This is where training can make a major impact. An annual employee guide is helpful and a good start, but threats evolve in real-time these days. To stay proactive against cyber attacks, there are some additional steps your organization can, and should, take:

  • Send regular updates to personnel on new kinds of threats as soon as you learn of them.
  • Create cyber security processes and include them as part of new and current employee training.
  • Set up filters warning employees of external emails and unsecure websites.
  • Try a Phishing as a Service program that educates employees through real exercises.

These steps are easier suggested than done, however. Maybe your organization can implement one or two of these internally, but a technology partner can help craft and launch each initiative. A third-party IT partner can also test your software, hardware and personnel periodically to hone attack response tools and skills.

To learn more about your cyber security options, take a closer look at Nexigen’s Secure & Protect Services and feel free to reach out to one of our reps at