BYOD Really Means Bring Your Own Risk


A new survey by Nationwide Insurance found that while 83 percent of small businesses let their employees work from home when necessary, one-fifth of these companies don’t provide cybersecurity training, Fox Business reports.

Additionally, half of small business owners haven’t updated their remote security policies within the past year. Nationwide says that untrained employees working remotely are one of the biggest threats to an organization’s security posture.

Catherine Rudow, Nationwide’s vice president of cyber insurance, cited public WiFi connections as an example of this risk. An employee’s computer could be hacked over a public network away from their organization’s internal defenses. This can also lead to further attacks, as the hacker lies in wait on the victim’s computer until the employee connects to the company’s internal network. Rudow pointed out that employees might not know that they’re targets if they haven’t received proper training.

“Many employees may not realize the magnitude of risk associated with a cyberattack as they may not have engaged in a formal training process,” Rudow said. “The scary truth is that many small business owners, even if they are aware of these risks, have not implemented all the proper measures of protection.”

Employees who work remotely take on a higher level of responsibility for their own security. New-school security awareness training can teach your employees how to protect themselves against cyberattacks in both their personal and professional lives. Fox Business has the story:


You should step remote users and road warriors through a new module that has been quite some time in the making!

A 12-minute animated course with lots of interactivity for those that travel for business—and some very helpful tips for personal travel too.

We believe this is a very good new module, we have been working on internally for a long time, with input from experts like Kevin Mitnick.

Here is what the employee steps through as they do the module:



The purpose of this courses is to make learners aware of the latest threats to security for the modern traveling business person. This course will also provide strategies and practice advice for traveling safely.

The module objectives are:

Be aware of the latest potential security pitfalls when traveling for business (and some tips you should consider personally)

  • Know how to properly prepare for a business trip and avoid exposure of business, client, or even personal information.
  • Strategies and practical steps that can be taken to mitigate security concerns that can arise while traveling.

Printable resources—and I suggest you grab the PDF from the module, print and laminate it and give it to all your frequent travelers. It's the whole module summarized on just one page, incredibly handy. If you are not a KnowBe4 customer yet, here is the PDF as a free job aid you can give to your employees. 

Resource 1: Safe Travel Checklist PDF/downloadable

Resource 2: Don't Be This Guy

We strongly recommend to step Board members, C-levels, and any business traveler through these 12 minutes. I guarantee that even the most savvy road warriors will learn a few new tricks!




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