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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

What is gamification?

Gamification is adding game elements into non-game environments, such as security awareness training, to increase participation and foster active learning.

What are the benefits of gamification in security awareness training?

Traditional security awareness training can often be dry and boring. With gamification, the complex subject matter is transformed into an engaging and memorable experience.

By integrating game elements such as challenges, quizzes and rewards, it incentivizes users to actively learn. This makes the training more enjoyable and fosters a sense of competition and achievement. This combination drives better retention and application of cyber security knowledge.

Why is it important to train security awareness on a weekly basis?

Research shows that up to 90% of the learnings from yearly or even quarterly training are forgotten within a few weeks. Guardey was built to keep its users aware of cyber threats 365 days a year. The game comes with short, weekly challenges that slowly builds up the user’s knowledge and eventually drives lasting behavior change.

Which topics are covered in Guardey’s security awareness game?

Guardey covers a wide array of topics to train users about all currently relevant cyber threats, put together in collaboration with ethical hackers and educationalists. The topics covered include phishing, remote work, password security, CEO fraud, ransomware, smishing, and much more.

How much time do the weekly challenges take?

Every challenge takes up to three minutes to complete.

Can I use Guardey to comply with the ISO27001, NIS2, and GDPR security awareness policies?

Yes. ISO27001, NIS2, and GDPR all require that all employees receive appropriate security awareness training. Guardey is always up-to-date with the latest cyber threats, policies, and procedures.

Is security awareness training important for all employees, or just specific roles?

Cybersecurity awareness training is crucial for all employees, not just specific roles. Every staff member can potentially be a target or an unwitting entry point for cyber attacks. Training helps create a security-focused culture and minimizes risks for the entire organization.

While certain roles may require specialized training, a foundational level of training should be accessible to everyone.

In which languages is Guardey available?

Guardey is available in English, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Polish, Swedish and Danish.

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