Cybersecurity Matters: Why Cyber Awareness Training Should be a Priority
By Krystal Rennie / Adlumin, Inc.
With cyber threats like data breaches and ransomware attacks becoming more common, to new regulations surrounding the cyber world, cybersecurity has become somewhat of a necessity. Every industry needs it whether they know it or not. As we enter October, which is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), Adlumin is back with some great insights. We believe that spreading awareness is key to stopping cybercriminals in their tracks, and here’s why.
Every aspect of our society relies on technology, which can be our greatest power, and our greatest downfall. As the world of cybersecurity continues to navigate through various trials and tribulations, awareness through education is the only way to remain resilient.
But, enough about its power. Let’s get into why spreading awareness is necessary and what you can do to contribute to a healthy cybersecurity ecosystem for your organization and worldwide.
Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Employees
Cybersecurity is essential because it is the shield that protects data and sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. As a company, it is your responsibility to set your employees up for success. That should include providing employees with knowledge, tools, and training to ensure they fully understand and adhere to their information security responsibilities. Below are a few truths that will explain why cybersecurity awareness training should be an integral part of your company’s culture:
Truth 1: Cybercrime isn’t going away.
Cyber-attacks are happening daily. Tech Jury reports that every 39 seconds, there is a new attack somewhere on the web. Hackers thrive off vulnerability, which is the current state of many companies globally. Suppose your employees are not fully exposed to the reality of how data breaches, ransomware, or other threats can affect your organization’s success. The possibility of a hacker taking advantage of these individuals dramatically increases. After all, it only takes a small misstep to bring down an entire ecosystem.
Truth 2: Education is vital.
You know the old saying, “if you knew better, you’d do better?” Well, it can apply to cybersecurity. There is so much to learn about the industry, from the various types of cybercrime to prevention—it becomes information overload. However, as an organization looking to stay out of harm’s way when it comes to cybercriminals, it is best to educate your employees on the following:
- Type of Cyber Threats
- Cybersecurity Tips
- Remote Work
- Password and Authentication Tips
- Cloud Technology
- Social Media Use
- Phishing Attacks
- Ransomware Attacks
This list only includes a few examples; the scope of cybersecurity awareness is far-reaching. The key is to prioritize the training topics and tools based on your organization’s needs.
Truth 3: Insider Threats are real.
External threats are scary, but there is nothing more frightening than knowing the real danger is inside your organization. According to The Department of Homeland Security, “insider threats, to include sabotage, theft, espionage, fraud, and competitive advantage are often carried out through abusing access rights, theft of materials, and mishandling physical devices.” However, not all insider threats are intentional, and some are negligent. Employees can avoid simple mistakes if they know what an insider threat is, and how a simple error or accident can become a major cybersecurity concern for the organization or individual.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Your employees have access to sensitive data that is essential to the overall well-being of your company. Therefore, your employees need to be aware of the responsibilities and accountabilities when using their company laptops, mobile devices, and other technologies. Training courses should be a yearly requirement, and cybersecurity policies should be updated quarterly, keeping in mind that new threats and tips are created daily.
Human error is a significant threat to your organization. However, unaware, and untrained employees are one of the most significant threats of them all. Make this October’s NCSAM count – it’s a decision you can’t afford to ignore.