Cyber attacks are a growing and ever-present threat to businesses. While giant corporations are an obvious target and attacks on them make splashy headlines, 43% of all data breaches involve small- and medium-sized business. Cybercrime is thriving in 2022 and every business is a potential target.
That’s why cybersecurity should be a vital topic of concern for all business owners and decision makers. And of all the considerations regarding protecting a business from cyber attacks—technology, services, infrastructure—the most important link in the chain is often overlooked: people. They also just so happen to be the weakest link in the chain.
Cybersecurity training for employees matters because the most successful cyber attacks usually aren’t a result of “attacks” per se, but rather a form of social engineering. Nearly 90% of data breaches are caused by human error, usually via a form of phishing or some other method that tricks an employee into handing over sensitive data or credentials. There will never be a software or service that can reduce human error other than training and education.
Training employees to be vigilant and utilize best practices can be the best line of defense against intrusions that caused at least 8 hours of downtime for 40% of small and medium-sized businesses that fell victim to a cyber attack. With phishing and other social engineering attacks becoming both more commonplace and more sophisticated, it is critical to provide employees with the tools they need to defend themselves (and your business).
How does cybersecurity training for employees work?
Cybersecurity training will teach employees to be aware of threats and vulnerabilities to the business, as well as their responsibilities when using company email and computers. Ideally, new hires would receive this training as part of their onboarding, and all employees would get periodic refresher courses.
Employees will learn such topics as how to safely and responsibly handle company data, manage passwords, send and receive files, use company software, recognize email threats, browse the web, use mobile devices, and safeguard computers and other equipment. These are a few of the most common vectors that cyber criminals take advantage of.
How do I get cybersecurity training for my employees?
While there are many resources available on the topic, the best cybersecurity training still comes from the professionals. When 83% of businesses are not financially prepared to recover from a cyber attack, the stakes are high enough to entrust training to the people who do it every day.
Schedule a free consultation with amshot today and learn more about how cybersecurity training for employees can help your business.