How much do your employees know about cyber security? Do you think its important for them to know what a spear phishing email looks like? After all, they are your last line of defense when a threat gets by your security software.
Research has shown (Aberdeen Group - The Last Mile in IT Security: Changing User Behavior) that implementing a security awareness program for employees can reduce the risk of a security breach by 45 - 70%. The reality is that many of your employees may not even know what phishing is. They may not know the potential dangers of connecting to a public Wi-Fi. They may not even realize the actual impact to your company should sensitive information be leaked.
If you've already implemented strong email security, web content filtering, multi-factor authentication, and other leading security technologies that's great. But the reality is 100% guaranteed to stop a breach. Even if it's 99% effective, your employees will be faced with phishing, spear phishing and social engineering threats at some point. Make sure they're prepared.
So how do you train them?
Well, you could hire a cyber security expert and have them train your employees in the conference room. Maybe have them watch a power point presentation or training video. But most of the time that type of training is either expensive, inconvenient, or just isn't effective for employees.
We've found the best method is online training that can be taken during employee downtime at their own pace, with a given completion date of course. The platform we use gives us the ability to track each employee's progress and easily remind them to finish the course. The training should be given on a regular basis, preferably a few times a year with fresh content that keeps employees updated on current threats. For example they can start with a general course that teaches them the basics of cybersecurity, and then follow it up a few months later with a condensed refresher or a specific subject like credit card security. The training should be given on a regular basis, preferably a few times a year with fresh content that keeps employees updated on current threats. For example they can start with a general course that teaches them the basics of cybersecurity, and then follow it up a few months later with a condensed refresher or a specific subject like credit card security.
Another aspect of employee training is understanding who gets it, and who doesn't. There's actually a really simple way to determine that, hack them before the bad guys do! You can actually send your employees simulated phishing attacks to see how they react and understand who needs additional training. By putting this type of program in place you'll refine your employee awareness and strengthen your company's "human firewall".
Interested in learning how to implement the best cybersecurity training program for your company? Find out more here.
Your content here...