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The Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness Training

  • By Maxwell Alles
  • June 26, 2021
  • 382 Views

Cybersecurity shouldn’t stop at your IT desk or outsourced cybersecurity provider. Cybersecurity is a practice that employees should follow in conjunction with your cybersecurity management team. Focusing on proper training and enforcing your organization’s cyber policy is the biggest action you can take to avoid cyber crime.

Why is cybersecurity training so important?

A majority of cybersecurity breaches are a result of poor cybersecurity awareness. In fact, according to a CompTIA study cited by shrm.org “Human error accounts for 52 percent of the root causes of security breaches.”

With human error accounting for the greatest number of breaches, executives should note that it is equally as important to implement a cyber policy and cybersecurity awareness program as it is to implement proper cybersecurity infrastructure and management.

Without proper cybersecurity training, employees are more-likely to:

  • Share accounts and passwords
  • Fail to report suspicious electronic activity
  • Use weak, easily-crackable passwords
  • Use unfamiliar parables on company devices
  • Fail to spot a spear-phishing attack
  • Click on unexpected links

What specifically does cybersecurity training do?

Cybersecurity training helps combat the growing threats by routinely bringing employees up to speed on the current tactics used by hackers to gain access to company systems and data. This training helps employees understand what types of practices should be implemented, what sort of events should be reported and what should be done to continually harden security on the individual level.

What do employees think of cybersecurity training?

Many employees believe that they can spot phony emails or malicious websites and that cybersecurity awareness training is not worth their time. The fact of the matter is, though, the threats are becoming more sophisticated, more-realistic and tailored to specific individuals through social engineering. These advanced tactics may cause even the most-cautious of people to ultimately miss a malicious message or link. For this reason, management should insist on the training, despite any given employee’s remarks that it wouldn’t be of benefit to them.

For more information on what your organization can do to further harden security measures, check out our Cyber Stack page.