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It’s Time For A Refresh On Cyber Security Training!

September 22, 2022

4 Cyber Security Trainings To Do With All Employees

Students have returned to the classroom now that back-to-school season is officially underway. During the first few weeks, teachers will be reteaching their students the topics they learned in the previous school year to help them regain knowledge they may have forgotten during summer break. But students are not the only ones that need a refresher each year. Your employees must also be refreshed on company policies, values, and, most importantly, cyber security practices.

Did you know that human error accounts for 95% of all successful cyber-attacks? When cybercriminals plan an attack, they look for weak points within a company’s cyber security plan. The easiest spot for hackers to exploit is a company’s employees. Since new cyber threats are created on a consistent basis,  it is imperative that your employees stay aware of what to look for and how to handle them. If your employees are not routinely participating in cyber security trainings, your business could be at risk, regardless of size.

Every single one of your employees should be familiar with your cyber security practices. When they join your team, they should go through an initial training that lays out all of your practices. Additionally, they should participate in refresher trainings throughout the year to ensure that the entire team is on the same page with cyber security. At the very least, you should host at least one security training annually.

If you have never put together a cybersecurity training, you may be wondering what topics you need to cover with your team. Below, you will find four of the most important topics that should be discussed:

Responsibility For Company Data

This is your opportunity to explain to your employees why cyber security is so important. They need to understand why cybercriminals are interested in your company’s data and what they could potentially do with it. Everyone on your team has a legal and regulatory obligation to protect the privacy of your company’s information. When discussing this topic with your team, they must comprehend the ramifications of falling victim to a cyber security threat.

Internet Usage

Does your company restrict which websites your employees can use while at work? If not, that is something you should consider. Every device your employees use should have secure browsing software downloaded to prevent them from stumbling upon dangerous sites that could put your company’s data at risk. In addition, your employees should know which sites are acceptable to use and which sites should not be accessed on their personal accounts while connected to your company’s network. Furthermore, they should never click on links sent from an anonymous source or found on an unapproved website.

Email 

Employees who utilize email while at work must know which emails are safe to open. Employees should not respond to emails from people they are unfamiliar with, as that could be a cybercriminal attempting to gain access to your company’s data. Employees should only accept and open emails that they expect or that come from a familiar email address. 

Protecting Their Computers 

If your employees have their own personal computers, they should be doing everything in their power to keep them protected. For example, whenever they walk away from their computer, they should ensure it is locked; they should also never leave their laptop in an unsecured location. Additionally, ensure that your employees are backing up their data routinely and have downloaded the necessary antivirus software.

It is of the utmost importance that your team has been thoroughly trained in your cyber security practices. If they have not, they could open your business up to all sorts of cyber attacks that will damage your company’s reputation from a customer perspective. Your business will also no longer be compliant, and insurance companies may not cover your claims if your team is not participating in regular training.

Ensuring that your team is aware of your cyber security practices and actively taking steps to strengthen your cyber security is the best way to stay compliant and prevent cyber attacks. If your team is not regularly going through cyber security training, you need to start. It will offer more protection to your business, which will result in your clients feeling confident and comfortable doing business with you.

If you have any questions or would like more information on Optistar’s Security Awareness Training, please contact us at 888-782-7003 or email us at ask@optistartech.com

Be sure to check out our blog section for cyber security, technology and business application insights.

 

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