Tech tip of the month: Make cybersecurity everyone’s business

Robust security tools are necessary and essential to any workplace. However, solely relying on them to keep your company protected is not enough. You also need to fortify the human element of your cybersecurity.

A Proofpoint report states that more than 99% of cyberattacks require human interaction (e.g., clicking on a link, enabling a macro, or opening a file). This shows that cybercriminals are targeting people more than IT systems and infrastructure “because sending fraudulent emails, stealing credentials, and uploading malicious attachments to cloud applications is easier and far more profitable than creating an expensive, time-consuming exploit that has a high probability of failure,” says Kevin Epstein, vice president of Proofpoint’s Threat Operations.

Start 2020 with a strong cybersecurity strategy for your business

For the past few years, a week never seemed to go by without news of another data breach, malware attack, or hacking scandal. Unfortunately, cybercrime is projected to rise in this new decade, which will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021, double the $3 trillion total from 2015.

These numbers reinforce the importance of having robust cyber defenses, which a multilayered IT security strategy can deliver.