Why These 5 Industries Need the Most Cybersecurity Training

As advanced tech becomes more commonplace, even industries that aren’t typically cutting-edge — like manufacturing or construction — will be more vulnerable to cyber threats. These sectors don’t necessarily have the strong culture of cyber safety, or IT teams needed to keep their networks safe from hackers.

At the same time, the number of cyberattacks is trending upward steadily. This fact puts increased pressure on organizations that are already struggling to adapt to new technology.

If you’re a business owner in one of these five industries, you need to know about the cyber threats your company is facing — and how cybersecurity training can help.

1. Healthcare

General instability and the use of new technology — like electronic health records (EHRs) and remote patient monitoring solutions — have made hospitals easier targets for hackers. The health care industry, as a result, is seeing an increasing number of cyberattacks.

Doctors, nurses and administrative staff often don’t have strong technical or cybersecurity backgrounds. They know how to use their hospital’s EHR or remote workstation, but they may not understand the best practices that keep these tools safe.

If you own or operate a healthcare facility, your network probably has security protocols that make them safe. For example, most hospital management platforms and EHRs won’t work with personal mobile devices. Many facility systems are also HIPAA-compliant. However, these networks are still under unique pressure, especially right now, when shifting hospital needs have caused security practices to change rapidly. Institutional cybersecurity knowledge and staff training can help you and your team manage these new conditions. Due to COVID-19, Cybint is offering free end user training for cybersecurity fundamentals through the remainder of 2020.

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2. Manufacturing

If you work in manufacturing, you’re almost certainly aware of the significant technological disruptions happening in the sector. The adoption of Industry 4.0 technology — like Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, collaborative robotics and factory management platforms — has streamlined many manufacturing industry processes. The same tech, however, has also made factory and warehouse networks much more vulnerable to hackers and cyber attacks.

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Large-scale fleets of IoT devices can collect data at scales large enough to manage smart factories intelligently. Each of these devices will increase the number of access points hackers can use to gain access to factory networks. Collaborative and internet-connected robots, even with suitable security measures in place, can create similar security risks. If you’ve implemented Industry 4.0 tech at your factory, you may need to take extra steps to keep your network secure.

The proliferation of mobile devices can also create issues. For example, if workers at your factory use personal devices — like smartphones — to connect to company networks, they may provide an extra angle of attack for cybercriminals.

Ransomware attacks — malware that holds critical systems and files hostage until you pay a fee — targeting the manufacturing industry has become especially common in the past few years. Security training can help your workers catch phishing schemes and avoid downloading suspicious attachments, potentially preventing these kinds of attacks from being successful.

3. Construction

Construction isn’t typically considered a high-tech sector or especially vulnerable to cyberthreats. Like other industries, however, it’s being disrupted by applications of new technology, like the IoT, as well as remote communication with clients, vendors and employees. This new technology will streamline the construction process, but it also makes valuable company data more vulnerable to hackers.

If you own a construction company, your workers are likely well-informed about the potential safety risks they’ll face on-site. However, you may not have invested in teaching your employees about the cybersecurity risks they may encounter. 

Phishing schemes, malicious attachments, and man-in-the-middle attacks can all allow hackers to take control of company and personal devices, access your business’s network and steal valuable information.  As with all best practices in cybersecurity, it starts with training for human error which accounts for over 90% of cyberattacks yearly.

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4. Finance

Cybercriminals target finance more than any other industry. Last year, hackers broke into the networks of major banks, like Bank of America and Capital One, giving them access to customers’ personal information and financial data.

All data can be useful to hackers, but the information that banks and other financial institutions hold on to — bank statements, credit cards and Social Security numbers — provides immediate utility for cybercriminals. This setup makes them appealing targets for hackers wanting to make money off the information they steal. Increased use of difficult-to-secure IoT devices by financial institutions make these networks even harder to keep safe. 

More than 25% of all cyberattacks take aim at financial institutions. If you manage a financial organization, you’ll need robust defenses and good security practices to keep customer info and company data safe.

Network-level cyber defenses, however, can only go so far. Many financial institutions have systems that are regularly accessed by employees who don’t necessarily have strong technical skills. Some of your employees may also work on the go — meaning they will periodically access company networks and confidential info with personal devices, using third-party connections that are less likely to be secure. Security training can help your workers recognize the telltale signs of common cyber threats and respond appropriately.

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5. Retail

Countless big-name retailers experienced cyberattacks in 2019. The retail industry is adapting to new technology — like the shift to e-commerce, online retail and mobile payments. At the same time, a growing number of cyberattacks are putting increased pressure on retailers’ cyber defenses. Like financial institutions, stores also often hold onto valuable information like credit card numbers, making them a more appealing target to hackers.

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Some of the biggest retailers, like Amazon, are also tech giants that have strong cybersecurity teams in place. For example, Amazon Web Services recently applied for a patent called “management of encrypted data storage” as a way to further protect their own and customer data. 

If you own a more traditional retail business, however, you may not have the ability to file patents or full teams solely focusing on security. With less staff working to detect and respond to network breaches or other security crises, your business’s employee-level security knowledge becomes much more critical. This consideration will be especially true if you’re shifting more resources online to capture e-commerce sales.

The Cybint Essentials Workshop is a great option for smaller businesses with a dedicated team of employees. The 1-Day workshop provides expert-led training at a Cybint Certified Cyber Center, giving your employees the cybersecurity skills they need to assist in the shift to the e-commerce landscape.

Defending Against Hackers With Cybersecurity Training

Cyberattacks will likely continue to trend upward over the next few years. Many larger companies are investing in defenses, but not every business has the resources to hire a highly-skilled cybersecurity team. There’s only so much IT staff can do if workers aren’t aware of common threats. 

Fortunately, proper security training can teach your employees how to keep company data safe. That’s why Cybint Solutions offers both the Cybint Essentials Bootcamp and the Cybint Complete program, giving businesses an in-depth educational experience to meet their specific needs. Cybersecurity training will likely continue to be a valuable investment for the foreseeable future, as new tech continues to disrupt the economy and create new opportunities for cybercriminals.

Caleb Danziger

Caleb Danziger is a tech writer and the co-editor at The Byte Beat, a tech and science blog. He is passionate about making sure everyone has access to proper cybersecurity, as well as big data and gadgets.