In recent research, IT experts have noticed that the brainwaves of computer users seem to affect how they may be exposed to cybersecurity threats. I apologize, but making staff pay closer attention to security is common sense. This subject boils down to money and job security. Just think of how your job security is connected to money, which makes money the main reason to meet IT needs.
Reports from IT services in the Philippines even mentioned that lots of computer users just swipe away crucial box warnings of impending doom. This usually happens when they are busy doing another activity. Today, experts are using data analytics connected to user tracking to uncover what might help people like you pay heed to warnings. IT experts are looking for promising techniques, which include altering background colors in warning notifications and changing the formats to make substantial security warnings stand out from ordinary messages. Knowing what’s inside people’s brains helps the experts create more effective formats for users.
What happens if they are busy doing another activity? The concern this method is addressing is not the major issue. Changing the design and formats would maybe help if the problem was that people are not seeing these warnings.
Fact: Some Users Don’t Care About Security
In fact, the problem is that most people don’t care about these warnings. In reality, most of us don’t care about safety nearly as much as in other activities, particularly in work.
This is also the problem with too much focus and training in security. It enforces and preaches the goal of making employees familiar with required security protocols; but it does almost nothing to convince them to put importance to those procedures rather than hitting work deadlines.
Even with lots of cyber crimes happening today, most attachments seem legit – in the same way that most people knocking on your door are not serial killers.
Aside from statistics, most of us have the perception that the odds are so much against them that opening a tainted or infected attachment and having that damage traced back to our actions.
Just Don’t Open Attachments You’re Not Sure of
In short, most of us are rushed and we think it’s a fair enough gamble to open attachments that may appear legit.
If a business is dead serious about getting staff to strictly adhere to the observance of proper security, it needs to change those odds. Business owners should send and track attachments that their employees don’t expect. Anyone who clicks on one without verifying it first should be punished. It could be a small amount of pay deducted, or it could be the opposite: a small amount of money given to reward staff who never clicked on any of the trap attachments.
Call this teaching employees the hard way, if you will. But at the end of the day, you still have to convince your employees to behave properly, and MONEY is the BEST way of motivating anyone.