No matter how large or small a business is, it’s a target for cybercriminals. That’s because it only takes a single unwitting click on a phishing link to grant criminals access to everything on a given network and, in some cases, beyond. It’s also why security awareness training and phishing simulations are essential for businesses who want to transform end users from the weakest link in the security chain, into a truly resilient first line of cyber defense.
A small business with under 50 employees, faces nearly the same level of risk as a 20,000- employee enterprise.
Criminals target organizations for a variety of reasons. They might aim for long-term network infiltration and data theft, attempt to scam users or businesses out of data or money, or try steal user credentials to access different parts of the network. They might also attempt to turn an end user’s machine into a ‘zombie’ as part of a botnet or spam relay, or to mine cryptocurrency by hijacking its CPU. There are numerous possibilities.
The bottom line is that end users need regular and consistent cyber-awareness education. With regular training, businesses can empower end users to identify and report scams, avoid risks, fulfil regulatory compliance requirements, and help prevent modern cyberattacks.