Cybersecurity has become an essential aspect of protecting sensitive data. In fact, a single data breach can cause significant financial and reputational damage to a company. To mitigate these risks, organizations must invest in internal cybersecurity training programs. These programs educate employees about the risks of cyberattacks and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to safeguard against them.
Here’s ten important things to remember when launching an internal cybersecurity training program.
#1: Discuss with the team why cybersecurity is essential in protecting client and employee data
Leaders must communicate the importance of cybersecurity to their team. Make sure they understand the risks of cyberattacks and the potential consequences of a data breach. Help them understand that it’s everyone’s responsibility to maintain the security of the company’s data.
#2: Set up automated phishing emails and don’t forget to whitelist the email address so it doesn’t go to spam
Phishing is a common method used by cybercriminals to steal sensitive information. It’s important to train employees to recognize phishing attempts and avoid falling victim to them. Setting up automated phishing emails can help employees identify these attacks and understand how to respond to them.
#3: Monitor the dark web
The dark web is a hidden part of the internet that’s commonly used for illegal activities. Monitoring the dark web can help companies identify potential threats before they occur.
#4: Allow notifications and reminders
Employees may forget about the importance of cybersecurity over time. They need constant reminders and notifications to keep them engaged and informed. Make sure to have these set up in the cybersecurity platform. Go one step further and hang up posters around the office about cyber best practices.
#5: Enroll employees in security newsletters
Security newsletters can help employees stay up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity trends and tips. Employees may not enroll themselves, so it’s best if you enroll them so they can remain up-to-date and alert.
#6: Review cybersecurity training progress
Merely enrolling an employee in cybersecurity training isn’t enough. Employers must monitor progress to help identify areas where employees may need additional support. Regular reviews can also help them stay on track and continue learning.
#7: Foster competition and celebrate wins
Creating a sense of competition and celebrating wins can help motivate employees to actively participate in cybersecurity training programs. It can also create a sense of achievement and pride in employees who successfully complete the program.
#8: Include everyone especially C-Level executives
Cybersecurity training should not be limited to lower-level employees. Everyone in the organization, including C-Level executives, must understand the importance of cybersecurity and participate in training programs. In fact, the higher-ups are targeted by hackers due to their access.
#9: Continue to improve the program
Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and training programs must keep up. Regularly updating and improving the program can help ensure that employees receive the most relevant and up-to-date training with education on the latest threats.
#10: Begin training upon hiring
Training should begin as soon as an employee is hired. This will help make sure that new employees are trained and informed about the company’s cybersecurity policies and best practices from the start.
Book a Time to Discuss Cybersecurity Training
If you don’t have an internal cybersecurity training program, then let’s talk! You can book a complimentary demo and strategy session with Phillip to discuss cybersecurity training and how to implement the program in your company. Please select a date and time from his calendar below.
Phillip Long – CISSP, CEO of BIS Technology Group, along with his team of marketing and information technology experts, will walk you through an overview of what your business should be doing to protect your data and plan your digital marketing strategies.
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