Think you’re safe from cyber attacks? Think again. During our recent webinar, How to be Cyber Secure, panelist Mary Harrington admitted that even she has gotten close to falling for phishing scams—i.e. messages that attempt to obtain sensitive information from the viewer through deception. Here’s what Mary told our audience:
“I actually had one hit me today. It looked really official, except for the fact that they spelled ‘Georgia’ with two o’s, so I knew it was nothing I needed to worry about.”
Mary’s brush with a cybercriminal stands out for a couple reasons. For one, it proves that everyone—including a cybersecurity expert, on the very day she’s presenting about the topic—needs to remain vigilant when communicating online. Second, Mary’s story illustrates that despite the apparent sophistication of an attack, the smallest details betray its true nature. Although we think of hackers as tech wizards, most attacks still occur via email—and often fall apart because of a brainless typo.
Of course, it takes more than an aptitude for spelling to keep your organization’s data secure. Over the course of an hour, Mary and fellow cybersecurity expert Jeff Ziplow shared tons of insight about what makes dealerships prime targets for cyber attacks, how attackers target dealerships, how the consequences can affect those dealerships’ employees and customers, and what each of us needs to do to fight against this escalating threat.
If you missed the webinar, or if you’d like to review what we discussed, here are 9 takeaways and pieces of advice from our presenters:
Cyber Security 12-Step Program
Did You Know That 95% of Cyber Security Incidents Involve Human Error?
By following this plan, your company will significantly improve IT security protections so you’re less likely to suffer financial and reputational losses that can result from a successful cyber attack.
Learn More About Improving Your Dealership’s Cybersecurity Policies and Training
When it comes to cybersecurity, policies and training set the expectations within your employee population. We’re not talking about watching a 5-minute video during onboarding and then never thinking of it again. To protect their most valuable data, dealerships need to pay close attention to their cybersecurity programs, communicate expectations to employees, and implement their strategies in day-to-day activities.
To improve your cybersecurity program today—and to see how Compli can empower your dealership’s cybersecurity communication and policies—download our Cyber Security Initiative Rollout Plan.