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7 Steps to Build a Human Firewall at Your Business

7 Steps to Build a Human Firewall at Your Business

As highlighted recently on an episode of 60 Minutes, this past September it was reported that MGM Resorts, an American global hospitality and entertainment company, lost $100 million due to falling victim to a successful social engineering attack.


The social engineering attack became successful when an MGM worker performed a password reset elicited by the cyber attackers. Not only did they lose money, but they are also still dealing with the aftermath of the attack seven months later.


Could this attack have been avoided?


The answer is, it absolutely could have been avoided if a human firewall was established at the business. Technology alone cannot fully protect a business; a well-informed and vigilant workforce is equally important.


Building a human firewall involves creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness and equipping employees with the knowledge and tools to recognize and respond to cyber threats effectively.


Building a Human Firewall


Here are some key steps to build a robust human firewall:

  1. Step 1 - Educate Employees: Conduct regular training sessions to educate employees about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices. This includes teaching them how to recognize phishing emails, the importance of strong passwords, and safe internet browsing habits.
  2. Step 2 - Promote Cybersecurity Best Practices: Encourage employees to follow best practices such as not sharing sensitive information, using multi-factor authentication (MFA), and reporting suspicious activities.
  3. Step 3 - Continuous Learning: Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field. Ensure that learning is continuous with regular updates, refresher courses, and cyber attack simulations to keep your employees informed.
  4. Step 4 - Empower Employees: Make employees feel that they are an essential part of the organization’s cybersecurity efforts. Encourage them to be vigilant and proactive in reporting potential threats.
  5. Step 5 - Create a Response Plan: Develop a clear response plan for different types of cyber incidents so that employees know what to do in case of an attack.
  6. Step 6 - Assess and Support High-Risk Employees: Identify employees who may be at higher risk of cyber attacks and provide them with additional support and training.
  7. Step 7 - Build a Cybersecurity Culture: Foster a culture where cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Celebrate successes and learn from mistakes, collectively.

By following these steps, your business can strengthen its defenses against cyber threats by leveraging its most valuable asset—your people.


A human firewall backed by industry-leading cybersecurity solutions (e.g., Endpoint Protection) that protect your business, data, and employees is your best against successful social engineering attacks.


Cybersecurity with Sourcepass: Get Started Today 


To learn more, reach out to Robert Villano, Cyber Manager at (877) 678-8080.


Or visit our Security Awareness Training page to learn more about how Sourcepass can help you build a human firewall for your business.