IT fraud affects businesses of all sizes, so both small and large enterprises should focus on IT security. And it is not just about managing your antivirus programs, firewalls and the like. It is equally important that your employees are aware of the actual threats and that they are familiar with specific precautions.
The human factor
Even if you have installed the recommended tools, you are still vulnerable to IT fraud. The reason is that fraudsters often exploit the 'weakest link’ in a business’s IT security – that is, the employees. Getting an unsuspecting employee to open the door in good faith is much easier than breaking into complex security systems.
Get an IT policy
We recommend drawing up an IT policy for your business. A good start is to find any gaps in your existing security. This entails going over your security tools and getting familiar with your employees’ day-to-day conduct and routines.
A simple IT policy should include
- a review of the various threats
- payment and transfer procedures
- software update procedures
- procedures for the use and renewal of passwords
- rules on the programs to be used
- rules on the use of USB sticks, external hard drives, etc.
- guidelines on what to do in case of suspected fraud
When the boss is away ...
Skilled fraudsters know when members of your management team are out of office
and use this knowledge to commit cybercrime.
Read more about CEO fraud.