The Human Firewall
A traditional firewall is an IT system that monitors and filters inbound and outbound network traffic, blocking anything malicious. Typically, it acts as a boundary between a trusted network, and an untrusted network.
A human firewall is similar to a traditional firewall, however rather than being an IT system, the employees within a business are given the tools and education to reduce cyber risk.
The foundation of any strong human firewall is a comprehensive education and awareness program. This education program should give employees the skills to detect a potential cyberattack, and what actions to take to reduce the chance of falling victim to an attack. Phishing awareness training should include common phishing methods, examples of phishing emails, how employees can reduce the amount of information online that can be used for spear phishing attacks and how to report a potential phishing email.
The human firewall is important as employees are the final line of defence. In an ideal situation, the previous security controls will stop a phishing attack before it lands in an employee’s inbox. However, this is not always the case, so employees need to be able to correctly identify a phishing email.\
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Navigating the world of email security and phishing can be difficult for businesses, especially as the techniques are constantly evolving. For this reason, many businesses choose to work with a trusted cybersecurity professional to deploy and manage their email security solution. If you want assistance with this, or anything cybersecurity-related, contact us today.