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Importance of Cybersecurity Training

Managers inside the c-suite usually care less about cybersecurity than managers outside of the c-suite. Cybersecurity must be taken seriously because the potential consequences can be severe.

If the c-suite understands the importance of cybersecurity protocols, the rest of the company will follow. This will ensure that a culture surrounding the importance of cybersecurity will be present at all levels of the company.

Once-a-year-training is not enough

If your company trains its employees in cybersecurity only once a year, it is doing things wrong. Cybersecurity training should happen at regular intervals within the walls of a company.

New recruits should be made to go through cybersecurity training as soon as possible. This will ensure that they begin working for the company with a cybersecurity mindset. In addition to this, evaluations should be conducted regularly to ensure that all of the systems are in place and the employees stay up to date.

Make the training effective and fun

The training shouldn’t be general training. It should be useful and relevant to the employee being trained. He/she should be trained in areas regarding their job and their level in the organisation.

An example of a kind of training is gamification. Gamification is using typical game-playing elements to make the harder and mundane things fun. The company Salesforce successfully implemented a security awareness gamification. It emphasised positive recognition which resulted in a significant decrease that the participants would click on a phishing link.

Do your best to make sure that your employees protect the valuable data of your company as if it was their own data. You can do this in many ways, so be as creative as you can.

There have been plenty of studies conducted which have shown that employees learn about cybersecurity better by doing instead of listening. An area you can explore to achieve this is- simulation. Employees have been successfully trained to recognise potentially malicious situations through the use of simulations.

Many people make the same mistakes, and this can be avoided by emphasising the basics. Some of the basics are –

  • Sensitive information should always be discussed over a secure channel
  • Always report a lost device
  • Do not share passwords with anyone whether they are close friends or family members
  • Never reuse passwords
  • Never leave documents with sensitive information on your or anyone else’s desk
  • Always report suspicious emails

If all else fails, covering the basics will make sure that your employees have a good chance of recognising potential security breaches.

Related Article: Things to Consider While Training Your Employees for Better Cybersecurity

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