LUTZ BUSINESS INSIGHTS
why cybersecurity training for employees is critical
jessica murray, account manager
The cybersecurity industry is among the fastest-growing sectors in the world. As more resources are channeled to counter cyber-attacks, new threats crop up that still cause severe damage to companies without proper security.
Catching up with these threats seems challenging, especially when it comes to human error. In 2020 alone, the US FBI reported an increase of 300% in cases of cybercrimes. Hackers took the opportunity of the global pandemic to attack vulnerable networks as people moved to work at home, leading to various security challenges for many businesses.
Why Educate Employees
Every company in the world is vulnerable to ransomware, malware, hacking, spam, and social engineering. Since human error is the #1 threat to such insecurities, it is best to ensure that you get emergency cybersecurity training for all employees. Educating employees on cyber security is invaluable. Without training, they will not know how to recognize threats or report them properly.
Some top examples showing the importance of training include a recent survey by the State of IT Security that found that email security and employee training are among the top issues IT professionals face in companies. Another study by Wombat Security Technologies reported that over 30% of the population surveyed had no idea about phishing or malware. Such cases result in serious breaches and data compromise.
Having firewalls and security software is not enough to keep people safe. After all, hackers don’t use your technology as their entry points but look for errors your employee makes within the systems. Like any other human, mistakes are inevitable. Employees can trust fake identities, get tempted by the hacker’s sneaky tactics, and give them the information they use to access your network.
Recognizing such threats requires intensive employee training. They should know the schemes hackers are likely to use to get company information and stop it immediately.
Topics to Cover in the Employee Security Training
Now that you know why you need to train your employees, it is best to know the areas that impact most and the security awareness they should know.
Phishing is a method hackers use to gather company or personal information by using deceptive emails. The disguised email acts as a weapon to gain employee trust and then coerce them to download attachments or click links with malicious code.
It is one of the oldest scams but is still the most widespread because the target may engage with someone they know and trust. Over the years, phishing techniques have increasingly become sophisticated.
Malware is a type of software hackers use to steal sensitive information for companies and individuals and can cause damage to systems. It can be delivered to an organization in several ways, including phishing emails, software downloads and malicious removable media.
3. Social Engineering
Intruders use social engineering to manipulate people so that they give out confidential information. They can seek passwords, bank information, or access to company computers to install their malicious software to access every business operation. It also works by earning your employees’ trust to get ways to hack into the systems.
4. Importance of Password Security
Passwords are the first line of defense against criminals. It is the most popular way to keep secure. However, keeping it safe can be tricky without the knowledge of setting strong passwords and storing them effectively with password managers.
5. Internal Technology Policies
Internal technology policies vary, but employees should comply with the guidelines required to keep their company safe. You can ensure this by training your employees constantly on the policies of your company on security. They should update their software, call for help, and use the best methods to stay safe online.
6. How to report cyber security threats
Employees are the eyes and ears of the company when it comes to cybercrimes. Training keeps them up to date on the dangers they face and how to spot threats before attacks occur. Then, educate them on the processes they will follow to report any systems’ red flags and talk to the right people, such as the IT team, to follow up a threat.
Cyber Training should be ongoing
Cybersecurity and threats are constantly changing with highly volatile technology. It would be best to organize frequent training to keep your employees updated with the changing cybersecurity strategies. It will help to create a long-lasting business-related ramification if a cybersecurity incident occurs and keep your company safe. Also, develop an effective cybersecurity policy that employees can use as a reference to learn more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JESSICA MURRAY + ACCOUNT MANAGER
Jessica Murray is an Account Manager at Lutz Tech. She has over 5 years of experience in the technology field. Jessica is a trusted advisor that sees clients through the full sales cycle. Her responsibilities include developing proposals and providing recommendations to clients to assist them in reaching their business goals.
AREAS OF FOCUS
- Client Relations
- BS in Management Information Systems, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA
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