So you know your business needs security awareness training, where do you go from here? Many IT pros and CEOs don’t exactly know where to start when it comes to creating a security awareness program that will work for their organization.
Security awareness training is an ongoing education process that helps educate employees about cybersecurity, IT best practices, and regulatory compliance requirements they may fall under. A comprehensive security awareness program for employees should train them on a variety of IT, security, and other business-related topics to help prepare them to avoid cyber attacks and understand what to do in the event of an attack. Here are some ways you can start to build a cybersecurity awareness training program at your organization.
Employees should understand the mechanisms of spam, phishing, spear-phishing, malware, and social engineering; and should be able to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day jobs, no matter what position they are in. You can choose to use either in-person classroom training, online training, interactive phishing campaigns, or a combination of all three. 45% of employees receive no security training at all from their employer, according to a survey conducted by CompTIA. Any training you can provide will put your employees in a better position to prevent and respond to attacks.
Even a modest investment in security awareness and training has a 72% chance of significantly reducing the business impact of a cyber attack. However, studies show that the use of multiple methods of training produced the highest correlation to perceived security effectiveness in employees. Employees who are exposed to only one type of user security awareness training methodology, like in-person lectures, for example, were less likely to view their organizations as effectively securing their data. Employees whose organizations covered only one topic in their training, such as only teaching employees how to avoid phishing, were the least likely to strongly agree that their organizations effectively secure their data.
Research has shown that people recall more of what they hear and see together, versus what they only see or only hear. Simply forcing employees to read security policies and procedures from a bootleg is not an adequate technique training for any organization, let alone a business that has to secure hundreds of employees and endpoints. We encourage organizations to use multiple methods for training employees year-round, not just when the auditor comes knocking. An internal blog, email newsletter, posters, engaging videos, and comprehensive digital training can all be used to successfully build a culture of cybersecurity in an organization.
Security Awareness Training is one of the most cost-efficient ways to reduce the risk of breaches and incidents. Touchstone provides a custom managed solution utilizing best of breed security awareness toolsets. We have the world’s largest library of security awareness training content, including interactive modules, videos, games, posters & newsletters. As you know, the most successful cybersecurity training is multi-modal to account for diverse learning types and engages employees so they retain knowledge and emerge better prepared to respond appropriately to potential threats. Contact Touchstone Security today and help educate your employees on the threats of tomorrow.