3 benefits of cyber security awareness training

When a new starter arrives at your organisation, you presumably give them an induction and tell them about their role. But do you give them cyber security training?

Data breaches are a prominent concern for everyone, so learning how to prevent security incidents should be an essential part of employees’ jobs. Here are three reasons why.

1. You are less likely to be breached

This one’s obvious: training your staff to spot the signs of an attack means they’re less likely to fall victim. We’re not talking about complex cyber attacks (because hopefully you have IT and cyber security specialists looking out for those), but your employees can be crucial in protecting your organisation from other vulnerabilities.

For instance, phishing scams target individuals indiscriminately. Anyone can receive a malicious email, social media message or text that asks the recipient to hand over their login details. Phishing and other types of social engineering can be tricky to spot, and technological defences are inconsistent, so it’s vital that employees are shown how to stay one step ahead of crooks.

Cyber security awareness training can also prevent accidental breaches. Staff are always liable to mishandle sensitive information (lost devices and misconfigured databases are common issues), but reminding them of their security obligations can mitigate the risk.

2. It helps you meet regulatory requirements

Cyber security is being addressed at government-level more than ever, with several new regulations mandating strengthened security controls. Staff awareness training is almost universally required, and essential to complying with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems), the NYDFS (New York Department of Financial Services) Cybersecurity Requirements and several others.

Each legislation has its own disciplinary actions for non-compliance. The GDPR is the toughest, with violations potentially leading to fines of €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover, whichever is higher.

3. It improves company culture

Employees often find cyber security frustrating, because no one tells them what they should be doing or who they should speak to if they have questions. Yet they know that if they make a mistake, they’ll probably be made to feel embarrassed, and probably also reprimanded or disciplined.

Staff awareness training gives employees the knowledge and confidence to handle their cyber security responsibilities. They are less likely to be unsure about what to do, because they should have been trained within the past year. However, if they do have a question, they can ask a colleague or the course leader, or take another look at the course content (if it’s always available to staff).

Find the right course for you

GRC eLearning is dedicated to staff awareness training, offering online courses for whatever topics you’d like to focus on. Our range includes:

We also offer bespoke staff awareness solutions based on an assessment of your organisation’s current set-up. Tailored courses combine aspects of our various offerings, and allow your staff to focus on the most relevant issues.