As has been apparent from recent cybercrimes, not only are
they on the increase but the next target could be your business.
Employees play a key part in preventing cybercrimes. It’s important
therefore that they have been trained and know how to respond – or not respond!
Training employees to be aware of what a suspicious email
may look like is the first thing to do. You may think it is obvious that the
slightly misspelt email address is a giveaway but don’t assume all your staff
will react like that. Unfortunately they may be curious to see if they have won
lots of money and click on the links with a virus attached.
Not everyone has the same awareness or understanding, so
having a policy which gives examples of scam emails, together with some
training will help. This also needs to be backed up with a disciplinary
procedure which makes it very clear that breaches of your policy will be
treated seriously. It is important all your staff appreciate the consequences of
not paying attention or being too curious and accessing a scam email.
Equally important is that your staff also know that they
have an obligations to protect your systems and the data held on them. Again
it’s critical that your internet policy includes a section on this. In addition
you should also aim to develop a culture in your organisation which embraces
the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the importance of maintaining
confidentiality in respect of data.
Providing examples of breaches of confidentiality should
also ensure staff understand the importance of complying with the polices and
exercising caution when responding to email or telephone calls seeking
information that would enable cybercrimes to take place.
If you haven’t reviewed your IT policies or systems lately
then now is the time to do it. Otherwise it could be your reputation that’s on
the line too if a breach goes viral.
Pam Loch, Managing
Director of niche employment law practice, Loch Employment Law, HR Advise Me
and Loch Training.
For more information
on how to protect your business contact Pam Loch on 01892 773970 or email her