Training is your last line of defence against cybercrime

Expensive security systems are only as good as the people working in the place they protect, we’ve written previously about an example of it being easy to manipulate people without them realising. People don’t know what they don’t know, and that’s why cyber security training at all levels is essential for the protection of your business against cybercrime.

Reducing the risk of data breaches

39% of businesses and 26% of charities reported having cyber security breaches or attacks in 2021. That’s a huge amount! Especially when considering that nearly all data breaches are due to human error.

This could be a direct action of an employee such as clicking on a dodgy link in an email, or it could be a gap in your processes. Good staff cyber security training doesn’t mean sitting in a room bored out of your mind for no real reason, it means helping staff at all levels understand where these mistakes can occur before they’re being made. People are then much more likely to be aware earlier if something is amiss.

GDPR compliance

If we weren’t sick of hearing about it in May 2018, then we’re certainly sick of hearing about it now. But the truth is, the General Data Protection Regulations are there as an ongoing way to hold businesses to account for their responsibility when it comes to holding customer data.

Yes, every business should have one person who knows the ins and outs of GDPR, but if other team members don’t see the value in following a password policy or adding two-factor authentication to their accounts, then they’re likely going to feel like it’s pointless. With training comes a greater understanding of why it’s necessary, and with an increase in staff awareness, you’re much likelier to see GDPR compliance across your business.

Everyone is on the same page

Within your team, some will be tech-savvy. Others won’t have the knowledge. Training everyone ensures that everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. The benefit to them is that as more and more employers are looking for people who understand cyber security and the implications of the procedure not being followed, it’s a skill they can carry forward with them.

So how do you deal with training at different levels?

Rather than have everyone sit in a room, working through the same modules, we have a better solution. We have a training platform that allows us to conduct a fake phishing attack on your business. We can then see how staff react to it and based on this reaction we’ll know who needs to learn what. This avoids some people being sat in a room grumbling about the training being a waste of time while providing more thorough training for those who need it.

Would you like to learn more about how our cyber security training could help protect your business? Book a call with us and we’ll have a chat about what you need and how we can help.