Cyber risk is something that every business should be thinking about in 2021. Almost all businesses work at least partially online in this day and age, and many have prioritised digital transformation as the world becomes more connected and digitally focused. While technology offers many wonderful benefits, it also comes with risk, which is why businesses should be implementing cybersecurity awareness training, not just as a once-off measure, but an ongoing programme.
People, well-meaning as they may be, make mistakes and are vulnerable to things like phishing scams. Companies need to be proactive in implementing cybersecurity education about a variety of information security threats, as well as creating policies and procedures for addressing them. Importantly, cybersecurity awareness training should recognise that digital threats are continually changing. Employees need to be regularly up-skilled and empowered to spot and avoid new dangers.
MediaPro’s 2020 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report found that 28% of employees lack confidence in identifying a phishing email, meaning that more than a quarter of your team is likely concerned they may be vulnerable to these sorts of scams.
The best way to combat threats is through education and expert input. Just as you wouldn’t expect someone who has never driven a car before to safely complete a lap around a racecourse, your team can’t be expected to know what cyber dangers exist or how to navigate them with being taught what to look for and how to respond.
It’s also important to get all of your employees on the same page. Some might be misinformed about data security and privacy, or have developed bad habits that they could be passing along. Everyone needs to know what is considered risky or acceptable in your organisation, what clues to look for that indicate threats, and how to respond when they spot something dodgy. Everyone needs to embrace cybersecurity as something that's part of their personal responsibility.
Cybersecurity awareness training reduces risks and incidents and helps the entire workforce to work together to protect against cyber risks. Partnering with an experienced training provider can ensure your team is equipped and your business stays safe.
A leading cybersecurity partner should be able to offer you regular vulnerability scanning, as well as running phishing tests to assess how well your team responds.
Numata Business IT offers a range of month-to-month, pay-per-user cybersecurity subscription packages to meet your business’s specific needs. Get in touch today to find out more.