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Cyber risks at work

“That never happens to me!” That’s what many people seem to think when it comes to cyber risks. Yet we take cyber risks more often than we think, even in the workplace.

What is cyber risk?

The risks of human error in cybersecurity are diverse and can lead to severe consequences for a company or individual. Some examples of risks that can arise from human error are: 

  • Failure to follow security procedures, such as not locking the computer when not in use.
  • Installing malware or viruses on the system by clicking suspicious links or downloading software from untrustworthy websites.
  • Giving access to confidential information to unauthorized persons, for example, by sharing passwords or providing access to secure systems.
  • Using weak or easily guessed passwords that can lead to brute force or phishing attacks.
  • Failure to regularly update software and security systems can lead to vulnerabilities in the system. 

It is meaningful to train employees to be aware of these risks and to take measures to prevent them. In addition, a cybersecurity system ensures that your company is well protected against external attacks so you can work in a safe working environment from all sides.

How do you prevent human cyber risks? 

There are several ways to prevent human cyber risks. First, you need to educate employees about cybersecurity risks and security procedures. This can be done, for example, through education, presentations or training. It is also influential to let employees know the consequences of not following security procedures and making human errors.

Not only humans pose cyber risks!

In addition to human error, various cyber risks can lead to cyber-attacks. Some examples of such risks are:

  • Viruses and Malware: These are malicious software that can be installed on the system and can lead to system damage, data extortion or loss of confidential information.
  • Technology Vulnerabilities: These are software or hardware vulnerabilities that hackers exploit to gain access to the system.
  • Phishing Attacks: Attacks where hackers try to obtain sensitive information through fake emails or websites that resemble trusted sources.
  • Network breaches: Attacks where hackers try to gain access to a network, for example, through a remote connection or performing a man-in-the-middle attack.
  • Brute force attacks: These are attacks where hackers try to gain access to a system by using automatic password-guessing tools.


As you can see, everything can go wrong in cybersecurity! Therefore, you want to create clear security procedures, which you communicate to all employees. This may include, for example, using passwords, opening suspicious links or downloading software from untrustworthy websites. It is also important to regularly update software and security systems to avoid vulnerabilities in the system.

Finally, it can also help to implement cybersecurity systems such as Guardey.

What is Guardey?

Guardey offers a cybersecurity solution specifically aimed at SMEs, which are often the most vulnerable to cyber threats. Many existing cybersecurity solutions are complex and expensive, meaning they are not always available to smaller businesses. Guardey wants to end that because the results of cyber attacks can be devastating for your SME. 

Cybersecurity attacks have become a growing problem for companies of all sizes in recent years, and it is critical to take steps to prevent them. According to some estimates, the percentage of cyberattacks targeting small businesses has increased in recent years. In addition, small businesses are often less prepared for such attacks and often have fewer resources to defend against these attacks, which can lead to serious business consequences. 

Guardey understands that this has to change and therefore offers an affordable and user-friendly solution that is easy to implement and can be used by the entire team. Guardey allows employees to work securely online from any device, anywhere in the world, via a secure connection. This is how we make cyber risks in the workplace accessible to everyone!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I already have a firewall, do I still need Guardey?

Relying solely on a firewall for cyber security leaves your organization vulnerable to evolving and sophisticated threats. Cyber attacks target multiple vectors, including vulnerabilities in software, employee endpoints and web applications. Guardey works in conjunction with the firewall.

Firewalls keep out up to 80% of online risks. With Guardey, it is transparent which online risks did make it through the firewall. In addition, human errors are still too often made, so also train employees to work responsibly online.

I already have a VPN, do I still need Guardey?

It’s good that you are already using a VPN. This makes you invisible to malicious people, but at the end of the day, employees can still be vulnerable by bringing in the wrong orders or wrong websites.

Guardey is more than a business VPN. Guardey also provides monitoring in the VPN tunnel. This detects online risks and allows a quick response.

We are too busy for weekly gamification. Why should I play the gamification?

These days we are all busy, we recognise that 😉 All the more important is employee awareness. Make sure employees don’t accidentally make mistakes due to pressure. After all, that only creates extra work.

That’s why our challenges are only a maximum of 5 minutes and can be done quickly in between. A new challenge becomes available every week. As an organisation, do you want to play these challenges every week, every two weeks or every month? Of course, that’s no problem either.

Can I also play just the gamification?

Short answer: yes! It is possible to play just the gamification.

Have you already taken sufficient cyber security measures for your employees in the office and outside the office? But can awareness still be worked on? Then you can also play just the gamification. This can already be done very easily in just the browser. Check out our game only package here.

Is Guardey effective against phishing attempts?

Phishing is especially dangerous when you don’t know you’re dealing with phishing. That’s why our cyber awarness game is the first step against phishing. Make people aware of the dangers and make sure they have the right knowledge so they don’t click on anything.

Further Guardey plays a crucial role in detecting suspicious online activities. For instance, if a member of your organization interacts with a website known for hosting phishing content, Guardey will promptly alert you about the potential risk. By providing this proactive alert system, Guardey aids in preventing users within your organization from falling prey to phishing scams.

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