With the end of the year approaching, it’s a great time to evaluate your employee training programs. Whether your organization has budget to spend now, or you are planning your 2015 budget, here are some signs you should invest in employee cybersecurity training.
1. Your employees would click on a link to donate money to the Nigerian Royal family.
Millions of dollars have been lost to the “Nigerian 419” scams. Criminals are extremely creative in coming up with convincing stories, and oftentimes make their emails seem “urgent,” or use the help of recent catastrophes or the holidays to lure victims. Cybersecurity training can teach your employees the tactics that criminals use to trick people into clicking on links that contain malware or to disclose personal information, and how to avoid them.
2. Your employees use Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, or cloud services.
Your organization’s perimeter is no longer as defined as it once was, thanks to BYOD, cloud-based services like SalesForce.com, and social media. While using an open source monitoring platform can help your security team, educating employees about easy ways to keep information and accounts secure can help mitigate the risk of an attack or a breach.
3. Your organization has had a data breach.
A study by Ponemon and Symantec found that most data breaches are caused by human error and system errors. “Eight years of research on data breach costs has shown employee behavior to be one of the most pressing issues facing organizations today, up 22 percent since the first survey,” said Larry Ponemon. Although you probably spend most of your budget on your SIEM, data feeds, and appliances, one of the least expensive and most effective ways to mitigate the risk of a breach is to train your employees.
These are just three of the many signs that your employees need cybersecurity training. To find out more about our award-winning, computer-based Cyber Safety Awareness training or request a free 14-day, no obligation trial, contact us.