In today’s connected world, people benefit from information technology, it improves living standards as well as working productivity. Information technology plays an important role in business management, data storage and transmission. It makes corporation organizational information is a potential target of hackers or cyber threat actors, and individual or employee is one of the weakest links to attack. Therefore, providing employees knowledge of cyber security and the importance of their work identity is crucial for every business.
By attacking the individual, hackers aim to get the accessibility of that individual to organization’s assets such as data or sensitive information. There are several ways that hackers can steal someone work identity. For instance, with advanced technology, many people use their personal devices such as cellphones, tablets or laptops to keep their information including password, emails, credit cards information, which make these devices vulnerable to attack. Hackers can send emails or text message contain virus or spyware to devices in order to manipulate or steal information of users. In addition, eavesdroppers can also capture information traveling over public Wi-Fi hotspot to collect the target’s data when that employee uses public internet in coffee shops or restaurants without cyber-attack awareness. Obviously, adversaries can clone the identity of the victim and successfully access to the organization’s network: sensitive data maybe stolen which affect the whole organization and victim may have to take responsibility for that.
The issue of protecting work identity from cyber-attack requires attention and contribution from both employees and the organization’s management since the attack affects both personal and professional aspects. In order to preventing cyber-attack, cybersecurity training program for employees should be implemented regularly and thoroughly.