The Human Firewall: Information Security's Greatest Asset

The Human Firewall: Information Security's Greatest Asset

April 27, 2017

The press can’t get enough of corporate data breaches. They delight in showcasing the latest horror story about a business that lost massive amounts of private records or millions in revenue to the latest hack. You could be next.

Despite all the funds you may have spent on state-of-the-art security software, the bad guys are just one gullible user click away from staging an all-out invasion. To make matters worse, that user might well be you! Recent surveys show that executives can be some of the biggest culprits when it comes to clicking on phishing links and opening malicious email attachments.

Yet by far the most eff­ective strategy in combatting these attacks is also one of the most poorly implemented – security awareness training. The long list of “worst practices” for user education is almost endless – break room briefings while people eat lunch and catch up on email; short instructional videos that provide no more than superficial understanding; and the time-honored practice of hoping for the best and doing nothing.

Find out what the true best practices are for security awareness training – those that establish a human firewall to eff­ectively block hackers and criminals, and keep you out of the headlines.

What we will cover:

  • Why are email-based attack vectors into organizations such as phishing, spear-phishing, executive “whaling”, and “CEO fraud” are often overlooked by security staff.
  • What organizations are doing about it and why this isn’t enough.
  • The proven best practices for security awareness training that utilize your employees to erect a human firewall.
  • How to combine security awareness training with simulated phishing attacks to keep employees on their toes with security top of mind.

We were joined by Shane Cooper, Senior Sales Engineer at Webroot for additional discussion on security.

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