The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

4 Minute Read | Prepare and prevent cyberattacks with Talent Bureau’s roster of industry-leading cyber experts.  (Written in collaboration with ChatGPT)

As our societies become increasingly dependent on technology, the importance of cybersecurity in the workplace cannot be overstated. Many organizations heavily rely on technology to store and share sensitive information, communicate with important clients and partners and streamline daily operations. Yet, in the fast-paced nature of the modern business environment, not everyone takes the time to ensure that their cybersecurity practices are up-to-par. 

The increased reliance on technology increases the risk of data breaches from cyber attacks, which can have devastating consequences for businesses, their employees, trusted partners, and consumers.

How do Cyber Attacks Occur?

Imperva defines a cyber attack as a “set of actions performed by threat actors, who try to gain unauthorized access, steal data or cause damage to computers and networks.” These cybercriminals can launch an attack from any location and can be performed using one or more tactics, techniques and procedures.

Cyber attacks disguise themselves in many forms, such as phishing scams, malware infections, and network breaches.

How does this affect my company or organization?

Cyber attacks (large and small) can result in the loss of valuable data, financial loss, and a damaged reputation. Larger problems can include examples such as identity theft, which can have life-long consequences for those affected.

How can I prevent a cyber attack from happening at my organization?

Oftentimes, organizations don’t believe that their company is at risk, and fail to take preventative action. One of the most effective ways to prevent cyber attacks is to educate your employees about cybersecurity best practices. (Get some cybersecurity tips from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security) Hire a trained cybersecurity professional to teach your employees how to recognize and avoid phishing scams, how to store and share sensitive information securely, and how to follow safe online habits. Additionally, consider forming a “tech policy” that governs the use of technology and the handling of sensitive information. 

Another important aspect of workplace cybersecurity is to regularly update and secure your organization’s technology systems including hardware, software and network systems. (Check out this Glossary of Computer System Software for definitions) Outdated software and hardware are more vulnerable to attacks, so it’s essential to ensure all your systems are up-to-date and meet cybersecurity standards. With the guidance of a professional cybersecurity expert, your organization might also want to consider investing in robust security solutions such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems for added comfort and security.

What to do in case of a cybersecurity attack?

Contingency. Contingency. Contingency. By working with a cybersecurity expert, your organization should develop a response plan to a cyber attack. This plan should include a designated team responsible for responding to incidents, identifying and mitigating threats, and ensuring that the company’s data and systems are secure.  In a cybersecurity breach, it’s essential to act quickly and calmly to minimize the damage and prevent further harm.

Your team can also have a trusted external vendor as a “911” call for added support.

Next Steps

Talent Bureau can help connect you with expert cybersecurity speakers to start you on your journey to cyber safety.  We work with some of the top cybersecurity speakers in the world. This group of cybersecurity experts has delivered presentations at large international events, virtual presentations and conferences. Vetted by our agents, they will help keep your cybersecurity in check.

Kevin Mitnick – CEO, Mitnick Consulting | Chief Hacking Officer at KnowB4
Rinki Sethi – Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Twitter
Ben Makuch – National Security Correspondent, VICE | World Press Freedom Award Winner
Eric O’NeillCyber-Security Expert | Inspiration for the film “Breach”

Talk to our agents about these speakers and other options! Send us an email: hello@talentbureau.com