CyberSecurity Training Is The Best Defense

To Err is Human

Did you know that 95% of security breaches are caused by human error? Cybercriminals attack organizations daily, and their primary target is you and your employees! The best way to fight back is to implement strong cybersecurity training programs and make it a key component of your corporate culture.

Think about this – 45% of employees receive NO cybersecurity training, and 58% of business leaders have no clue about how to handle security incidents. Are you one of them? Remember, cybercriminals no longer attack an infrastructure; they target you and your behaviors. Even if your employees have a good understanding of how to protect corporate data, the risk that they will be the primary cause of a data breach is extremely high! For instance, 78% of employees have a solid understanding of the risks of suspicious links in emails. Yet, they still click on them! 

Cybersecurity Training Should Be Considered Mandatory

Your employees are the first and most important line of cyber-defense. Investing time and resources into a strong cybersecurity training program is necessary and, depending on your industry, possibly required by law.  Are you hesitant about making cybersecurity training a key element in your corporate culture? If so, consider this, businesses that implement routine cybersecurity training and awareness reduce security risks by 70%, which results in massive returns!

Keys To Implementing A Strong CyberSecurity Training Program.

Be consistent with cybersecurity training – Your employees need to stay up-to-date, be reminded about existing threats, and know-how to recognize them REGULARLY.

Extend training to everyone in your organization – Every employee in your organization, including senior leadership, should receive training.

Make training ongoing  – Consistent and persistent training is needed. Periodic micro-training videos are one way to keep your employee’s cyberawareness guard up and active.  Don’t assume that one session is enough!

Simulate attacks, based on the most current and  prevalent IT security threats – Focus on social media spam with password-stealing malware, phishing, spear phishing, malware, ransomware, social engineering, etc.

Train to identify threats from emails and the internet – Train employees on how to identify suspicious links and attachments. Also, teach them safe browsing habits.

Discuss the security risks of removable media and charging cables  Emphasize the risks of using USB drives or mobile chargers on work computers. It can be infected with malware or a virus!

Educate how to prevent spatial issues  – Cybersecurity goes beyond our computers. Make sure employees now to keep their work environment controlled. Such as not leaving work computer on and not password protected, or not letting someone see how they type in passwords, etc.

Emphasize password management – Teach and remind how to create strong passwords and store them in a password manager.

Keep training engaging and simple –  Mix up your training methods to keep it interesting and not predictable.

Tips For A Strong CyberSecurity Training

  • Make cybersecurity awareness a priority and a key element of your business culture
  • Conduct cybersecurity training regularly
  • Provide training sessions to every employee in the organization, even executives
  • Keep your employees up-to-date on prevalent IT threats
  • Conduct regular tests to help reinforce their training

We began working with Optimized Computer Solutions and Joe Goldstein nearly 2 years ago. If you have a physician practice and are needing IT support, this is the company to work with! Joe’s background in HIPAA compliance, coupled with his knowledge of medical practices and networking systems is second to none! We’ve made many strides in the right direction assuring our network is not only secure but that we also run efficiently. When a computer or networking issue arises, OCS is timely and knowledgeable in helping to resolve the issue. As a Practice Administrator, my team is grateful for the working relationship and support we receive from OCS!

Lisa BendtLisa Bendt, Practice Administrator

Joe, with Optimized Computer Solutions, is the consummate professional who is not only easy to work with but incredibly knowledgeable in technology solutions. Running a business is hard enough by itself and being able to hand over the IT component has been invaluable to making my business run. Joe has been able to trouble shoot, fix and offer solutions that have saved my business time and money. I would highly recommend Joe and Optimized Computer Solutions to any business in need of superior IT help and solutions.

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Optimized Computer Solutions, under the direction and ownership of Joe Goldstein, RESCUED our 12 physician, 8 office Otolaryngology practice. We were faced with a dysfunctional money losing situation and needed to make a change. We were successfully guided through this process under an extremely tight timeline. We came through this difficult experience on time and under budget.

Stephen P GadomskiStephen P Gadomski, MS, MD, FACS Managing Member

With the guidance and support from OC Solutions, I am more confident then ever that my organization is prepared for the multitude of threats that we as healthcare providers are exposed to on a daily basis.

Liam Dowling, Regional Operations Manager, ENT Associates of South FloridaLiam Dowling, Regional Operations Manager

I cannot recommend Joe Goldstein and the OC Solutions team highly enough. As the CEO of Health to Hope Clinics, I worked with OC Solutions to help us select and deploy a new EMR system. As a Federally Qualified Heath Clinic system we had very unique requirements for an EMR. The requirements for data collection and reporting are quite extensive to say the least.

Joe walked us through the process of scoping our requirements, reviewing solutions, and getting proposals from the three EMRs that fit us best. He went through the painstaking process of sowing the pricing options in a succinct apples-to-apples comparison between the three best solutions. He helped us negotiate pricing that was a fraction of what we thought we would have to spend, while still selecting the system that fit us best.

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Bryan Feller, CEO, Health to Hope ClinicsBryan Feller, CEO

I would like to recommend Joe Goldstein and Optimized Computer Solutions for your computer network development, deployment, and support programs.

Acris Solutions has contracted with Optimized Computer Solutions since July 2009. In that time they have facilitated our migration from a physical server environment to a virtualized server environment. In doing so we reduced our physical number of servers by one-half allowing Acris Solutions to eliminate one full rack in our datacenter and its associated costs. They have deployed upgrades to our firewalls, SAN, network design and domain infrastructure including the replacement of over 20 pieces of old equipment with new servers and storage appliances. Optimized Computer Solutions has been instrumental in the installation and deployment of the XenApp Citrix connection platform and our migration from Windows XP/ Office 2003 to Windows 7 /Office 2010. They have partnered with Acris Solutions in the launch of multiple new customers supporting over 350 users in multiple branch locations.

They have provided Acris Solutions with level 1,2 and 3 support on a 24/7/365 basis with tiered responses time graduate from four hours for minor incidents to one hour for major/severe incidents. In providing these levels of support we have achieved customer satisfaction levels of 98% or better.

I believe that Optimized Computers Solutions will be a partner with Acris Solutions for many years to come and I know that they will meet your expectations in the performance of their duties within the scope of the service contract.

Richard Johnston, President, Acris TechnologyRichard Johnston, President