The 3 main reasons your users get hacked
What are the 3 main reasons why employees are hacked by cybercriminals and what can you do about it?
Did you know that…?
Did you know that 97% of all attacks are carried out against humans and that 91% of all successful attacks start with a spear phishing email?
We simply let the criminals in
So why is this happening? Why are users being hacked? We already know that it usually starts with an email, right?
From our experience, there are 3 main reasons why employees fall for malicious emails:
- Technical flaws or misconfiguration of the computer
- Weak IT security skills among users
- Behavioural patterns
Reason 1: Technical flaws or misconfigurations
Let’s start with the first and easiest topic: technical deficiencies or misconfigurations. If a firewall is activated on a workstation computer, the latest updates are installed and backups are made, then at least the foundation for secure work has been laid. Are misconfigurations then of any importance at all? Of course, because such things can be exploited by cyber criminals if they gain access to the company network.
By the way: What you see here are the results of a LUCY malware simulation, with which the admin can check to what degree a malware would be successful in his network.
Reason 2: Weak IT Security Knowledge among users
The demands on employees’ security know-how have increased significantly in recent years. Today, employees must have knowledge in around twenty general IT security domains. This starts with the detection of phishing emails, the use of secure passwords, the ability to correctly recognize internet URLs, to the knowledge of what business or even private consequences a successful cyber attack can have, for example, if employees activate a malicious Excel macro in a downloaded spreadsheet.
Reason 3: Behavioral Patterns
The greatest danger for companies, however, stems from the behavior of the employees themselves. From the perspective of cybercrime prevention, personal behaviors such as gullibility, ignorance, an unreflective sense of duty, overconfidence or negligence represent the greatest risks that can lead to a successful cyberattack. After all, it is not without reason that 91 % of successful hacks start with careless employees.
CONCLUSION: Why employees are hacked
The 3 reasons why employees are hacked are: technical weaknesses, lack of IT security knowledge and outdated employee behavior patterns.
How can you work against this and protect your company from cyber attacks?
Train, educate and test the staff! Well-trained employees with high cyber security awareness can detect a suspicious phishing email and instead of falling for the scam, they can report the email to the IT team for further analysis.
What is the best way to train and educate employees?
This is best done within the framework of a so-called cybersecurity awareness program,with time and with the help of an appropriate tool.
4 pillars of a good and effective awareness program
A good cybersecurity awareness program is comprehensive and for the most part an online offer. In doing so, employees’ security awareness can be increased with at least these measures:
- To carry out training.
- Conduct attack simulations.
- Integrate a phishing button, including an incident reporting process.
- And it provides advanced reporting functions for management.
What should you pay attention to when choosing a product?
A good software product like the LUCY Awareness Suite simplifies the implementation of such measures tremendously. When choosing a suitable cybersecurity awareness solution, you should not only pay attention to functionality and a nice user interface. Cyber Security Awareness is not a “one time shot” and cannot be achieved overnight. That is why the price of the solution is an important selection criterion, as is the possibility of customizing the training content. From the point of view of data protection, one should consider whether one should forego an offer from a British or US company. And despite the cloud hype, a locally installed solution can make sense, or at least a product that runs in the company’s own cloud.
- It’s not just about functionality and a fancy GUI
- Customizable training content
- Data protection / GDPR conformity
- Non 5-Eyes solution
- On-premise or installation in private cloud
LUCY has it all!
LUCY offers hundreds of templates that can be modified independently, as well as phishing simulations, smishing and a fully configurable phishing button with automated email threat analysis. LUCY also supports your efforts with an integrated learning system (LMS), the possibility of creating your own eLearning, printable participation certificates, conducting learning controls and being able to measure the development of your employees’ security awareness over time. Further infrastructure audits are also part of the LUCY range of functions. And last but not least, LUCY provides a high level of data protection and GDPR conformity, whether in the cloud version or in the local installation.
More than 400 customers already trust LUCY! You can find our success stories here.
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About Lucy Security
Founded in 2015, Lucy has transformed the ethical hacking experience of its founders into comprehensive training software that provides a 360° view of an organization’s IT security vulnerabilities. Lucy continues to receive numerous industry awards, including the ISPG Award 2020 for Best Cyber Security Education and Training and the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards 2020 for Best Anti-Phishing and Best Security Education Platform. The company is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with a U.S. office in Austin, TX. Further information can be found at www.lucysecurity.com