THE MODAX SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAM
Small businesses are progressively utilizing information technology in business processes, but aren’t doing it securely. In essence, they do not believe adversaries will target them when there several other big, profitable organizations to attack. As a result, they neglect important measures like security awareness training, which leaves their firm in the cross-hairs of cyber criminals.
In many ways, smaller firms have more at stake than larger businesses because an adverse event can be extremely costly to them. According to the US National Cyber Security Alliance, 60% of small businesses fail to sustain their operations within six months after a cyber security breach. The adversaries attack them to steal information like customers’ identities, bank records, and even intellectual property.
The common things that lead to data loss and security breach include employee reuse of credentials on multiple websites, download of malicious attachments sent via emails, social network use, loss of devices with confidential data, and inadvertently giving sensitive information over the phone. Increased focus on security awareness training, from the ground up, is needed to prevent such incidents.
WHY BUSINESSES NEED AWARENESS TRAINING?
Small businesses face a challenging situation. Owners usually find they do not have enough finances to invest in robust security systems. Resources are limited, and the size of their IT department is not equivalent to that of bigger organizations. Fortunately, establishing a culture of security awareness lies within their reach.
Security awareness training is essential to small businesses for preventing a variety of non-technical and technical breaches. By ensuring personnel is well-schooled on managing security from bottom up, small companies can maintain the confidentiality of their most valuable assets.
Benefits of Security Awareness Training
Regulatory Compliance: Regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI know that humans are the weakest link in information security. Security awareness training ensures full compliance with such regulations.
Customer Trust: Consumers are getting skeptical about the companies’ promise regarding the safety of their data. They are overwhelmed by the frequent appearance of data breach headlines. Security awareness training motivates employees to do everything possible to protect customers’ PII (personally identifiable information).
Cost Reduction: Kaspersky Lab’s survey revealed that small businesses need to spend $38,000 on average to recover from a data breach, and the cost is even higher if the reputation damage and indirect costs are accounted for. Security awareness training ensures the company is prepared to prevent such instances; think of it as an investment that results in significant savings down the line.
It is clear that being proactive in making their staffers security aware is one of the best things small businesses can do to protect their assets and reputation.
What We Cover
Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)
Data Security & Data Destruction
Email, Phishing, & Messaging
Information Technology Staff (IT Staff)
- Mobile Device Security
Protecting Your Home Network
Protecting Your Kids Online
Protecting Your Personal Computer
Working Remotely & Wi-Fi Security
You Are the Shield
Client Confidentiality in Law Offices
EU Data Protection
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Federal Personally Identifiable Information (Federal PII)
Federal Tax Information
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) – Educational & Financial
Health Information Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) & Social Security Numbers
Red Flags Rule