With more and more data collected, attention automatically falls on cybersecurity. As the amount of data increases, we become more vulnerable if intruders were to access this data. It needs to be kept safe and secure. Only available to relevant people.
The Nigerian prince scam and other phishing scams are something we’ve all been exposed to. Most of the time people simply delete the emails. But once in a while, they find a victim.
What happens if that victim is one in your organisation with access to vulnerable people’s data as well?
It’s essential to build fail-safes into your online security. That could be 2-factor authentication or confirmation when signing into an account from a new device/location.
Is it all about our “online behaviour”?
Mark Brown, the founder of Psybersafe, has been working to deliver behaviour-changing cybersecurity training that protects businesses and their employees.
In short, many of our online mistakes are avoidable. And they work to educate people on how to not fall into danger. Think password strength, scam emails, and suspicious links.
With certain changes, you can avoid profiles being hacked or stolen etc.
Habits vs security
Mark Brown acknowledges that it’s easier said than done to make “a few changes”.
“Behaviour takes time to change, to embed. Habits are almost hardwired in our brains after a while. Older habits are far more sticky than new habits. It’s the bad habits that we need to break and replace them with new habits. That takes time.
“The big issue with people adopting habits is that effort. Why should I bother to do something extra? Fundamentally, as humans, we’re lazy, and our brains are lazy, and our brain, much like us, we’d far rather not make the effort if we don’t have to.”