Are Your Employees Starting To Understand Your Cyber Risk?

By Jack McCalmon, The McCalmon Group, Inc.

A new survey shows that 40 percent of respondents have experienced a personal data breach in the last three years. As a result, nearly half (46 percent) state they feel less secure, and more than 25 percent think their employer is less secure. Over 50 percent think the whole country is less secure.

The good news is that employees are changing their habits, according to the survey:

  • 86 percent state the cybercrime wave has changed their habits.
  • 61 percent ignore or delete suspicious emails.
  • 49 percent avoid clickbait and popups.
  • 43 percent don't give out personal information online.

"Survey: Nearly Half of Respondents Lack Confidence in Security Both Personally and Professionally" (Jan. 29, 2018).

Commentary by Jack McCalmon, Esq.

The survey shows that the negative experience of cybercrime increases awareness. Ironically, awareness of the risk is the first step in preventing cybercrime.

Another important note from the survey is that respondents are more confident in employers than in themselves or in the country as a whole. This shows employers are making cybersecurity a priority and that employees are taking notice.

Employers still have work to do, however. In the survey, only 35 percent of respondents update their passwords, and 36 percent do not regulate their use of devices on public Wi-Fi.

Here are some public Wi-Fi use strategies to convey to your employees:

  • It is a good idea to use Wi-Fi in a secure and private environment if you wish to protect your sensitive data.
  • Use your own Wi-Fi hot spot with Wi-Fi Protected Access to protect your information.
  • Avoid public and free Wi-Fi connections.
  • Do not send or receive sensitive data on public Wi-Fi.
  • Secure your information before sending.
  • Use fully encrypted web pages.
  • Select pages with https://.
  • Beware of criminals trying to mimic secured sites.
  • If your anti-virus software sends you a malware detection warning, you should disconnect from your Wi-Fi source.
  • Disconnect from the Internet if your computer is infected with malware.
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