Considering the human factor in cybersecurity is vital to counteracting cybercrime within an organization. One in every three cybercrime incidents involves bad actors deceiving someone into engaging with a malicious phishing email. Therefore, organizations must provide regular social engineering awareness training, conduct phishing simulations, and define clear policies to minimize the risk of an attack. Many methods exist to train employees–from the C-Suite to interns–on detecting a cyber threat and what to do if one is discovered.
Cybersecurity Awareness Training
Since human error accounts for most cyberattacks, regularly teaching employees how to spot current threats will significantly reduce the risk of a cyber incident. Employees can easily forget a one-time awareness training, but providing regular cybersecurity awareness videos and organizational-wide training keeps cybersecurity best practices top of mind.
Training should be designed for all employees, regardless of their cybersecurity knowledge, and address new and evolved cyber threats, not just the common ones. With the cybersecurity landscape evolving and changing rapidly, it is essential to stay on top of the latest threats and trends.
Regular Phishing Simulations
Phishing attacks are one of the most common methods used by cybercriminals to steal information and infiltrate networks. Email spoofing and targeted email attacks (i.e., phishing) seek to provoke unsuspecting users into clicking bad links, surrendering personal information, and installing viruses and malware.
Phishing simulations mimic actual malicious emails, sending unannounced phishing emails to employees and, if they take the bait, educating them immediately at the point of failure. The goal is to see who is clicking on what, and more importantly, drive awareness and alertness. Spot-testing employees reinforce best practices while allowing you to track and report on who is excelling in their cyber education.
Update Security Policies
Having a clear technology and data use policy helps organizations govern how employees access and handle sensitive company information and technology. Putting such a policy in place is a great way to train employees on what data is considered confidential, who is allowed access, and how each employee should handle it.
Every employee can–and should– act as a cyber defender to protect their organization from cyberattacks. Knowing is half the battle, so making cybersecurity a priority and providing guidelines and training to raise awareness sets the stage for a comprehensive cybersecurity program.
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