Who of your employees are most likely to be targets of a cyber-attack?

You know the statistics, cyber attacks are on the rise, the attackers are becoming more sophisticated and the risk to your company is growing at profound levels.

But recently we have seen a shift, cyber-attackers are not going after your software anymore, they are going after your employees! Why? Because your employees are the weakest link!

Compromising an account or attacking through phishing are much easier then hacking through layers of security most companies are now putting in place.

So, who is most at-risk?

The most at-risk employees are the front-line workers sometimes considered the gatekeepers, this would include front desk people, secretaries, and anyone that is a company point of contact.

Why are they the biggest risk?

Generally, these are the people that are the conduit between the customer, outside world and the company itself, they get most of the emails, and phone calls that may be spam, malware or phone scams trying to get them to give information that can further their attack on your company.

Hackers are working to gain as much information about your company to find its weaknesses, how can they get in? can they get enough information from a gatekeeper to gain some form of access? Tell you there is a problem with your computer, and they need to install this free software? Can they convince them to give out usernames and passwords? Can they scam them into purchasing gift cards and then giving them the gift card access codes?

Believe it or not we have seen all of these be successful! And you may say they must be stupid users, but you would be wrong. The hackers are getting better and better at pulling these types of scams and the biggest problem we are having is training. If your employees are not doing regular cyber security training, you and your company may be next!

If you are interested in what cyber security training looks like or just want to talk about how you can better protect your company, as always please reach out to me: Greg Durnan (520) 751-0888 or email me at greg@acaciait.com

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Greg Durnan is the Owner/President of AcaciaIT and very active in the business community of Southern Arizona. One of the founding members of the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce he is very concerned about the needs of businesses in Arizona. He also strives to educate clients on Computer and Network Security through Lunch and Learns, articles, and webinars.

On the weekends he enjoys spending time with his wife and son at their ranch in Vail and working with horses.