The 4 Cyber Security Training Tactics Your Company Needs

Posted by Mark Jennings - May 15, 2019 - IT Security

Your company’s biggest cyber security vulnerability has nothing to do with your network or your equipment — it’s your own employees.

No, we’re not talking about a member of your team purposefully doing something malicious to undermine your IT security. But employees don’t always show up knowing how to defend your business from outside cyber attacks. Your team is your business’s last line of defense, and yet many people don’t have the cyber security skills they need. From phishing scams to social engineering to web browsing, employees need to be trained on cyber security best practices to protect your company.

Creating an Employee Cyber Security Training Program

Managing employee cyber security training in-house can be challenging. It’s hard to devote the internal resources and bandwidth required to properly train and retrain your team.

The easiest and most effective way to manage your training program is by outsourcing to an experienced provider. By outsourcing your security training, you can free up your IT team’s time to focus on business-critical work while still protecting your organization from human error.

At SymQuest, we work closely with partners to deliver cyber security awareness training to our customers and their employees. Here are the 4 most important cyber security awareness training tactics your company can use to prepare your employees.  

1. Interactive training modules

There’s a lot of security awareness training content available out there. Your users can complete interactive training modules at their own pace, covering topics that are most important to your company— email security, web browsing, online credit card safety, and more.   

2. Simulated phishing attacks

Education alone isn’t enough—employees need to come face-to-face with security threats to increase the chances that they can recognize them. Simulated phishing attacks allow you to send fake phishing emails to your users and monitor their responses to identify gaps in knowledge, security, and learn which of your users might be more vulnerable to a phishing attack.

3. Educational posters

Cyber security training should be ongoing, but everyone could use a visual reminder of key best practices. Hang educational posters in high-traffic areas and employee workspaces to keep cyber security awareness top-of-mind every day.  

4. Advanced Reporting

When you make the investment into cyber security training for employees, you want to know for a fact that it’s working. With the right reporting tools, you can understand where improvements need to be made to strengthen your human firewall. It’s important that you are able to view training reports for individuals or groups, phishing simulation open and click history, and phishing reply tracking.

Employees are your last line of defense when it comes to protecting your business from cyber attacks. By implementing these training tactics, your organization can empower employees to make the right decisions. With the right training and tracking in place, you can have peace of mind that your employees have what it takes to protect your business. Contact us to learn more about how we can help train and empower your employees with the cyber security skills they need.

 

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Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings is SymQuest’s Area Vice President of IT Sales. Jennings works with SymQuest’s sales and service teams to educate customers on current best practices around data protection, disaster recovery, security, and overall technology planning.

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