When Elon Musk asserted that we’re already cyborgs (by virtue of our connections to –and reliance upon—smartphones and computers), his comments sparked a heated debate. We won’t delve into those unsettled arguments here, but they’re probably best explained somewhere in the vein of depending on what your definition of ‘is’ is.
- The numbers are staggering. Perhaps the volume of attacks shouldn’t be surprising. Thanks to ransomware-as-a-service, both established crime rings and entrepreneurially minded crooks can become cybercriminals overnight. An up-and-coming criminal doesn’t even have to be an experienced hacker to get in on the game. Live chat operators are standing by around the clock anytime a user has a tough time with his extortion attempts. (Five-star reviews optional.) Still, when the DOJ announced that the volume of daily ransomware attacks is more than 4,000, the sheer scale of the risk to companies large and small brought into focus just how widespread cybercrime has become. Since phishing exploits humans as a leading vector of attack, equipping your clients with cybersecurity awareness training can go a long way toward protecting them from these ever-expanding threats. And with proper training, they’ll become much savvier about exploits in the world around them to boot.
- Our new way of working makes it worse. It’s no secret that bad actors greedily exploited the business world’s overnight rush to enable work-from-home business models. Those band-aid-and-bailing networks of poorly maintained and under-secured home connections and devices created a booming opportunity for crooks. Nonetheless, how that they’re in place, those models aren’t going anywhere soon. In fact, risks are higher because the workforce is going everywhere. Everyone needs to up their cyber resilience game, including (and in most SMB cases, especially) your clients.
- Threat intelligence is a human backstop, too. Adaptive, instantly updated AI-powered threat intelligence is vital in the war between good code and bad. But it also powers tools that deliver additional layers of defense ]for employees — phishing protection, endpoint security, etc.
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