Over the next weeks we will discuss the TOP Cyber-Defense Measures for improving your Cyber-Risk profile the BEST you can as FAST as you can.
With the continuing adoption of technology for our everyday tasks, including remote work, remote teaching, and remote learning, opening up more and more points of user-connectivity and corresponding potential points of vulnerability, user error, particularly with email, is the cause of the majority of Cyber breaches today.
Insurance Companies recognize the risk of user-error and are requesting and often requiring public entities and K-12 school Districts to have documented protections and procedures in place to help Guard against user-error as a condition for providing Cyber and Ransomware insurance coverage.
This can allow a Cyber Criminal access to your organizations sensitive data and/or systems to install ransomware attack software.
This can allow a Cyber Criminal to steal this Personal Information and sell on the DarkWeb.
Protecting from user-error by blocking or alerting users of suspicious emails is the first line of defense to protect your environment from user created vulnerabilities.
Even with these defensive measures in place, cyber-criminals can still get through to a user’s email account, resulting in Cybersecurity Training being one of the top considerations Insurance companies are using to decide on Cyber insurance and Ransomware coverage terms.
Cybersecurity Training programs use software to inform and train users to be alert and aware of the actions they need to take or avoid to keep your environment safe from cyber-attack. These programs will periodically “test” users with emails that contain the potential for Cyber breaches in order to measure their response and set up re-training when a user commits an error that, if real, could result in a breach of security.
Next week we will discuss the importance of Data Backup, Firewalls, Incident Response and Business Continuity plans in minimizing the damage if you unfortunately do experience a Cyber-attack.