Why cyber security training should be on your agenda

By April 15, 2019 Articles
Why cyber security training should be on your agenda

You may recall my previous article on the biggest threat to your IT security. From feedback, I know that this came as a surprise to some of our readers. They had overlooked the human element to protecting, or should I say failing to protect, data and systems.

One of the quickest and most effective ways to protect against most IT threats is with regular Cyber Security Training. We run these sessions for our clients, they’re also a great way to get to know us and how we work, so if you would like to discuss your cyber security training, please get in touch.

What happens during a training session?

Real life doesn’t happen in a classroom, so our experts come to your office, so you and your team are in familiar surroundings. We speak with groups of staff and give them clarity on the variety of threats that are both visible and invisible.

Threats could include the use of personal devices, thumb drives and similar. We also cover privacy issues around the use of mobile phones and tablets, irrespective of whether they are privately or company owned devices.

We talk through examples such as what happens when they click a link in a dubious email. We can also show you how a hack should be staged on your system so everyone can understand the impact, reinforcing the need for caution.

We explain the potential risks in plain English. We know from experience that many of our session attendees are surprised by the impact such small things can have on an IT network and broader business! Attendees also apply the lessons learned at home, helping them to protect their personal data and children.

It’s not just about scare tactics – after all, your team can’t be productive if they’re in a completely sanitised and controlled environment. So, we have an open discussion about the different threats and how protecting against them could impact their day to day work. We can help your team to identify new ways of working, to keep productivity high, and still protect your system.

Front of mind

Cyber training shouldn’t be treated as a one-off event. Repetition is the key to long term retention and success. It also helps to ensure that new team members are brought up to speed with their responsibilities.

Have I convinced you?

If the threats outlined in my previous article aren’t enough to convince you of the value of cyber security training, how about these stats from the World Economic Forum’s report in June 2018:

  • The FBI reports that more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily
  • 230,000 new malware samples are produced every day 1
  • Global security expenditure reached $86.4 billion in 2017 2 – serious business requires serious investment!

Next steps

If you would like to discuss cyber security training, please get in touch.