To mitigate these risks, employers are helping employees with residential firewalls, personal virtual private networks and password management applications for themselves and their families. These measures are becoming increasingly available through the subscriptions services discussed above. Additionally, many employers are realizing that these safeguards are particularly important for business owners, executives and other management employees who have remote access to financial, personnel and other highly sensitive information.

For a business to meaningfully reduce its vulnerability to cyberattack, it must truly engage its employees in cybersecurity. One of the most effective techniques to do so is to teach and empower them to protect themselves and their families, then translate that engagement into a heightened awareness and mutual commitment to protect the business as well.

By Cameron G. Shilling