The Importance of Cybersecurity Training for Personnel

While everyone makes mistakes, some people's slip-ups might be more costly than others. Cyber mistakes can be very expensive. According to research from IBM, the average cost of a data breach in the United States this year exceeded $4.4 million. IT security blunders frequently have only one thing in common: human mistakes.   

Phishing is a type of cybercrime where a target or targets are contacted via email, phone call, or text message by someone posing as a legitimate organization to trick people into disclosing sensitive information like passwords, banking, and credit card information, and personally identifiable information. Cybercriminals can use social engineering attacks to deceive their targets by posing as someone else. They might pose as your boss, a vendor, a member of your IT staff, or your courier service. No matter who they are pretending to be, their goal is always the same: to obtain money or data. The data is subsequently utilized to access crucial accounts, which may lead to identity theft and financial loss. Malware may also be installed on business systems through phishing emails, including those sent to personal email addresses but visited on work on computers. To accomplish the same objectives, attackers may also employ phony websites, which are frequently dispersed around significant shopping holidays like Boxing Day and Black Friday.  

If businesses just place a strong emphasis on cybersecurity at work, it will become something that staff members can switch on when they enter the building and off when they leave. Sometimes workers simply forget to flip that switch. Businesses are advised to draw comparisons between safeguarding corporate data and safeguarding personal data like banking or social security numbers.  

Businesses can create policies, procedures, and techniques to improve their organization's security, but if the staff does not view security as a top concern, it is not very beneficial. The goal of phishing training is to improve staff defense against phishing attempts. Phishing training uses tutorials and tests to teach staff how to recognize phishing attempts and how to handle these serious threats. Changing an organization's security mindset from an afterthought to a forethought is one of the most important areas for change This means that the security team should be included in the process from the beginning rather than developing an application or platform and then requesting security to review and retrofit it. Good security procedures must be understood and followed by all personnel. Creating strong passwords, patching software, and becoming aware of the telltale indications of common attack vectors like phishing and malware are just a few of the fundamental cyber hygiene practices that all employees should practice- helping the company maintain a higher level of security.  

Everyone has a role to play in cybersecurity, therefore organizations require training and education programs that cater to a variety of audiences. Current and future cybersecurity experts, as well as employees, must understand their roles in a company's security posture to close the cyber skills gap. Security teams and staff are better positioned to combat the constantly shifting threat landscape when they cooperate to create and maintain good cybersecurity procedures. 

Michael Markulec

technology executive, cyber-security guru, politician, rugby player, deadhead, brewer, former army officer, crossfitter, and hard-drinking calypso poet.