The ultimate goal of any effective cybersecurity platform is to make digital safety and awareness second nature to employees.
This means companies have to be proactive and instill the right habits, which often means resisting the bad habits that lead to millions of successful cyberattacks every year – from the use of generic and easy-to-crack account credentials to the willingness to click on suspicious links and attachments in emails from untrusted sources.
The vast majority of cyberattacks rely on social engineering – the deception and manipulation of victims to coerce them into either opening malware or voluntarily providing sensitive information. Cybercriminals know their victims reliably fall for certain scams and fail to take even rudimentary precautions against cyberattacks, and their ruthless exploitation of these vulnerabilities results in millions of breaches and billions of dollars lost every year.
Social engineering only works on employees who aren’t concerned about basic cybersecurity hygiene and don’t know how to identify a suspicious email or other signatures of a cyberattack. Employees with the right training, on the other hand, have developed the right habits to help them spot and thwart cyberattacks. Let’s take a closer look at a few of those habits.