How to get your staff to take cybersecurity seriously

Common sense only goes so far and you need to make sure that best practices around security don’t go in one ear and out the other. Here’s your attack plan.

When it comes to cybersecurity, software company AutoClerk makes sure that its 25 employees know they are on the front lines of something akin to a life-and-death battle.

“If they’re not aware of cybersecurity before we hire them, we’ll make them aware,” said Charlotte Gibb, co-owner of the Walnut Creek, California developer that supplies software to the hotel and hospitality industry. “Our customers are often targets of cyberattacks and so we have to be very alert as to how this might affect our customers. We take cybersecurity very seriously.”

She should. Cybercriminals are taking special aim at small businesses. About 18 percent of phishing campaigns targeted small businesses in 2011; the number has since soared to more than 43 percent of the total with phishing now the main vehicle for delivering ransomware and malware attacks.