It’s easy to spend a lot of money on security systems, but if you think about it, they’re only as good as the people they’re meant to protect. If your team aren’t sure how something works, or a process they should be following to prevent fraud caused by phishing emails, then any security software or system is pointless. That’s why cybersecurity training is your last line of defence, and absolutely should be taken seriously.

Stopping data breaches

In 2021, 39% of businesses and 26% of charities experienced cyber security breaches or attacks. That’s an incredible sobering statistic, especially when you add that nearly all reported data breaches are caused by an error a human being has made.

These errors could be anything, from downloading a dodgy email attachment to transferring money at the request of someone pretending to be their boss via email. The outcome is always the same, enabling cybercriminals to carry out their planned attacks on businesses. Cyber security training is geared towards helping people understand the risks they might face in the workplace, how to spot them, and how to react to them. Possessing this kind of knowledge not only teaches people what to do in the event of a data breach, it minimises the likelihood of them falling victim in the first place.

Complying with GDPR

Back in 2018, the acronym “GDPR” was everywhere, and now it’s often bandied about with very little understanding of what it is. It’s an ongoing way of holding businesses to account for their approach to holding customer data.

There is likely a person within each business who knows more about this than everything else, and this can lead to frustration from other team members who don’t understand why they need to add slightly annoying multiple-factor authentication to their work logins. Increasing awareness through team training is likely to help this awareness, and help your whole business keep GDPR compliant.

Cyber security training can help skill up your team

If your workplace is made up of mixed ages and technical abilities, it’s likely that some will be savvier than others when it comes to cyber security. Introducing training into the mix will help those who need it most, to understand why some of the systems and processes are the way they are. It’s also a skill people can take forward with them as their careers progress.

How to train a mixed-knowledge team in cyber security

We offer training, and one of the best things we can do is conduct a fake phishing attack by sending an email with a link in it, that gives us data. We’ll be able to see exactly how everyone interacts with the scam, and run a report on who did what. This then allows us to see if there are any consistent gaps in knowledge across your team, or if there are some weak links that need more in-depth training.

What this means, is that any training can be tailored across your business and delivered in short online modules, so no one will feel resentment at having to sit in a room for two hours listening to someone talk about cyber security if they don’t need to.

Would you like to learn more about how cyber security training could benefit your business? Book a call with us, and we’ll be happy to explain how it could work for you.