Employee Management

Training your employees to spot suspicious activity

By knowing what to look for, your employees can lessen the impact of a breach — or stop one in its tracks.

Published: October 04, 2018

Teaching employees how to recognize suspicious activity can help save the resources it takes to recover from an attack.

Examples of suspicious activity your employees should look out for:

1. File irregularities:

Malicious attackers will often alter critical system files, so identify files that have moved, deleted, or changed without explanation.

2. Sluggish connections:

If systems suddenly begin to crash or slow down, notify your IT department or an identified company contact. When a device or network’s performance inexplicably drops, the culprit is often a virus or malware.

3. Excessive pop-ups:

Sudden upticks in pop-up messages, fake virus alerts, or redirect messages that divert the user to another site could be signs of an attack.

4. Strange emails:

Emails with strange links or senders can be cyber attacks. Delete the email immediately without responding or clicking any links.

Make sure employees exercise caution. Computers can occasionally hiccup, but anything out of the ordinary should be investigated.

Hold periodic meetings to review data security. Familiarize new hires with your security protocol to ensure everyone involved learns to spot possible attacks.