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Human Error and Cybersecurity Risk at Small Businesses

You’ve selected a business name and logo, created a business plan and your business license is approved. You have a crew of dedicated employees to help get your vision off the ground and rented out a great office space. Computers and phones are all set up with work emails and numbers and you have an awesome marketing strategy to tell the world about your service.   
What you don’t have, is something not often found on small business checklists…a cybersecurity plan. Without this, you are at a high risk of succumbing to the same fate that has caused many businesses to shut their doors. 
The sad truth is that small businesses are more of a target than large corporations. Why is that? Well, put yourself in the shoes of a common thief for a moment. Would you target a home that has cameras and lights facing their driveway, and an Alarm Force sticker displayed by the front door? Probably not. You would go after the poorly lit home that has no security precautions in place. This is the same mentality that hackers take.  
Large corporations invest heavily in cybersecurity measures in order to prevent attacks. This is not the case for small businesses who either do not have the financial means to invest in security, or do not believe it is necessary for a business of their size. This is the thought process that Nucleus is hoping to disrupt with our Security Awareness Training and Managed Security Services. A cyber attack for a large business is an upsetting blow to take, but more often than not, they are able to recover. For small businesses, this financial hit can be a fatal one.
According to KPMG International’s Global CEO Outlook Survey, over half of small and medium-sized business leaders surveyed had experienced a cyber attack in the past year. 

Mitigating the “Human” Risk

Employees are the weakest link in your cybersecurity chain. Around 25% of all data breaches involve email phishing and 74% of data breaches involve a human element. With the rise of email phishing scams, spear phishing, malware, ransomware and social engineering attacks, the best approach to cybersecurity is a multi-layered solution that incudes the “human” layer which incorporates Security Awareness Training and simulated phishing. Invest in training for you and your staff so you can learn to spot an attack and move forward in a way that will not compromise the integrity of your growing business. 
At Nucleus, we use Curricula, a leading security awareness training, phishing simulation and online learning platform. Unlike other cybersecurity training platforms, Curricula focuses on creating engaging content to educate employees so that they can retain the highest level of understanding of the latest cyber threats. Employers can monitor employees who need more training and over time, improve your organizations’ overall security posture.
Key Features

  • Engaging Training: Science-based, “episodic” storytelling techniques featuring the adventures of hacker prodigy DeeDee with new courses added regularly 
  • Advanced Learning & Simulations: Employees must achieve a passing score ensuring a higher level of understanding and a dedicated Threat-Ops team helps create phishing campaigns and assignments based on latest threats 
  • Reporting: See high level results with the overview dashboard and granular, individual reporting
  • Compliance: Curricula meets all security compliance training needs and its powerful automated reporting makes compliance audits for auditors easy 
At most small businesses employees are wearing multiple hats, including IT. However, security is one of the areas that needs professional attention and a Managed Service Provider can take on that security responsibility. If you’re interested in learning more about how Nucleus can help you with your cybersecurity plan and defense, reach out today! 
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Sources: Barracuda, Cybercrime Magazine, Carnegie Melon University SplitScreen, Kaspersky Lab, KPMG, Verizon's 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report

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