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Cyberthreat Employee Traits

Are you absolutely certain your employees can resist threats and prevent cyberattacks?

Some employee traits indicate an obvious lack of cybersecurity knowledge or awareness such as regularly clicking on phishing emails or falling victim to social engineering attacks. However, people who do not adhere to cybersecurity best practices, such as using strong passwords, also pose a significant risk.

Empower your employees with the latest cybersecurity training and protect your business against the dangers of cyberattacks.

Dangerous traits

The skeptic Skeptics believe a cyberattack will never happen to them and fail to understand the significance of regularly changing their passwords or using two-factor authentication. Such behavior is exactly what cybercriminals exploit to attack your business, and they have a high success rate when your employees fail to take necessary safety precautions.

The procrastinator Cybersecurity procrastinators know they are critical to preventing hackers from infiltrating systems, but they’ll worry about finally connecting to your VPN or deploying that security patch tomorrow.

They have a love-hate relationship with the dozens of red bubbles on their apps and software. Procrastinators know the situation could quickly spiral out of control, but they will prioritize other tasks and wait to address these issues.

The naive

Those inexperienced in cybersecurity might trust too easily.

Do you know people who leave their computers unlocked when they go out for lunch? Or the remote worker who uses the free Wi-Fi at coffee shops? Or employees who write passwords on post-it notes?

The employee with good intentions If cybersecurity best practices were an exam, this type of employee would get an A+. They are cautious of emails with links or attachments, use complex passwords to deter hackers, and are always informed of the latest threats.

However, even the employees with the best of intentions can be targeted by a cybercriminal and not know it.


Employees are the lifeblood of any company - good employees drive a business forward; careless employees drag it down. Sydow Inc. provides the experience and expertise to make security awareness training easy.

It’s important to remember that each employee has unique skills, traits, and motivations. It’s up to you to make sure that these individual traits are put to the best use and that all your employees receive regular security awareness training.

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To learn more, download our eBook “Security Awareness Training: Your Small Business’s Best Investment” by clicking here.

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