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Cyber Security Awareness: for Employees

The insecurity of data and information that exists on the internet and computer networks has been a major issue for a number of businesses, organizations, and institutions; which don't invest on network and internet security training and awareness programs for their employees. Ideally, most employers rush to invest in new and expensive technologies in the name of protecting their companies online, not knowing that in most cases, the safety of a company online largely depends on the cyber security awareness of the employees.
Consequently, your company's protection online starts by ensuring that your employees are well equipped with basic network safety practices and policies, so that they can assist in keeping your computers and networks safe from cyber-attacks that come in form of a virus, malware, and cyber-crime.

Different Ways to Create Cyber Security Awareness to Your Employees:

1.      Authentication
The most basic network security measure that your employees need to use is a password authentication: Ensure that every employee who uses a computer has a strong password set so that unauthorized persons cannot get access to their computer and interfere or steal sensitive information; which no one else should have in the company apart from the authorized employees.

2.     Data Backup
Data backup is one of the most effective cyber and network security measure to put in place. Train your employees on the importance of backing up sensitive data in their computers, and different ways to backup those data. Provide them with data backup devices that can be stored separately from the computers, so that you don't lose sensitive data if anything bad happens. A number of companies have at one time lost important data through formatting of hard disk, virus attack, corrupt files, and damaged storage devices: And you don't want to be one of them since the cost of data recovery services has really gone up today.

3.     Software Installation
First thing on software installation, ensure that your employees always keep their computers clean by not installing software that are irrelevant to your company's success: There are a number of malicious software on the internet that install in a computer in form of a virus, which might be dangerous enough to erase all your data and information from a computer. You should make it clear to all the employees that matters of software installation are strictly duties of IT staffs, and no one should install any software in the computers that are meant for work. On the other hand, you can implement this by making sure strong passwords are set for one to be able to install any software on the hard disk of your computers.

More importantly, ensure that all your computers are using up-to-date software by doing regular software updates. Also, ensure that you install anti-virus software that is effective, to protect your computers from internet virus and viruses that may have access to computers through removable storage devices like flash drives and SD cards.

4.     Invest on New Technologies and Train Employees
The last thing, but not least; ensure that you only invest on the latest technologies that are relevant to the security of your company. For instance, you can replace old computers with new ones that are more advanced in security issues; moreover, you can also invest on network security enhancing devices such as routers that come with firewalls to prevent any hackers from accessing your data from a remote computer. However, to get good results with new technologies, you need to train your employees so that you don’t interfere with their performance with new technologies that they don't know how to use.


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