Your Employees Can Prevent Cyberattacks
Employees make breaking and entering into your network so easy for cyberattackers. They are a primary vector for threats to penetrate network defenses and compromise your environment. That’s why security awareness training is critical to help prevent attackers from compromising your network.
“Employee awareness is critical to the success of any security program,” reports The PWC Global State of Information Security Survey 2014. It stated, “Because adversaries often target employees with social engineering schemes, 100% of respondents should implement an effective employee training program.”
Training should be ongoing and mandatory for everyone in the organization. An effective training program satisfies compliance regulations and helps ensure the organization’s security. Training can be done in-house via your own security professionals or via an outside security organization that can offer a bevy of live or online participatory programs.
A thorough program incorporates onsite presentations, videos, newsletters, awareness posters and management reporting of who has and has not completed training modules. You should also include simulated phishing and spear phishing exercises, and tests to assess each employee’s knowledge and understanding of security. Employees need to understand how one mistake can cause financial harm to the entire organization as well as a loss of trust from your members and community.