Be cyber responsible

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I feel that it’s well known to us that have been using the Internet for years. The ugly side of it; malware, hacking, the misuse of personal information,  and scams, will always be present.  But what we can do is make ourselves more aware of the risks on the Internet.  learning when a risk is being presented, and how we can avoid a bad outcome during our daily interaction with it.  Not just in terms of of using technology but how it is applied. It’s all about being cyber responsible.
I would say that there are a proportion of Internet users who believe that cyber security and safety is for others and what they don’t experience personally themselves, they shouldn’t worry about.  How wrong they are! In my opinion this type of philosophy will only come back and byte them in a big way. Often in the terms of financial loss.
This week it’s been reported that the UK is facing a digital skills crisis in Business, a significant amount of  the skills that are required, cover the topics of security and safety.  Whilst a report in Computer Weekly says UK workers are appearing to be more diligent about safety at home. At the work place “employees expect an IT safety net to protect them”.  This view needs to change. Using IT and the Internet at work is equal to someone having permission to drive another person’s car. The owner of the vehicle would expect them to show due care and safety whilst they were using it.
A company or organisation a person works for ought to have a robust security software in place, but this should also be backed up by a good educational framework of applying IT and Internet Safety.  It suggests that HR or the person responsible for hiring, isn’t including this topic during induction.  If they are, then the method of training is not being very effective.  Employees need to leave the training feeling that they understand and know how to act, or who to alert.  And as with Health & Safety training, employees should have refreshers on IT and Internet Safety at regular intervals.
Organisations also ought be trying to make their employees aware at least on a monthly basis, of what they need be safeguarding from.  If people are not being as vigilant about this topic at their work place, as they are at home.  What are the consequences for the clients who buy in to that organisation’s services?
Having safety and security training at work can also benefit the employee who is not yet Internet safety aware, or implements it very little.  I would dare to say that, where there is a considerable amount of client interaction depending on Internet and IT usage.  It should be a condition of employment that employees endeavour to keep themselves up to date. But the resources and time should be available at work so they can do this.
If your organisation large or small is looking to provide or revamp IT and Internet Safety training, there are many consultants, and trainers. Who are able to provide bespoke packages, or help you set up your own.  Surely the investment in to this counter acts the impact of any serious security breach, financial loss, or bad publicity.
As I mentioned at the beginning the ugly side of the net is here to stay. However, we can all do our part of being cyber responsible to lessen the amount of individuals and or big concerns who fall victim.

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