How can You Effectively Educate Your Employees about Cybersecurity?

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Businesses these days must be on top of their cybersecurity and know about the potential vulnerabilities in their system, so they can prevent data from falling into the wrong hands. There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by when there isn’t a new scam or a new form of cyberattack created and, as such, this is a world which continues to develop, so workforces need to develop alongside it. This means having the right tech implemented, experts on hand to help, and a workforce who are clued up on how to practice cybersecurity. A lot of the time, attacks will target employees (downloading malware, phishing etc) and, therefore, your employees must be educated on how to spot potential attacks, and what they should do in the face of them.  

Practice What You Preach

To make it clear how important cybersecurity is and how much your employees should adhere to it, you must have the right tech in place and be practicing good cybersecurity, so that your staff know just how serious you are about it. Be sure to use strong passwords and encrypted messaging services for private data ( – sky encrypted phones are excellent for this). When you do that, people are going to be a lot more inclined to listen to what you have to say about cybersecurity, as they will see just how important you deem it.

Live Training

You can hold training sessions and talks about cybersecurity, and the different things that employees should be looking out for, but you aren’t going to know just how effective that training is until you put it to the test. As such, there are live training opportunities, which will effectively simulate different cybersecurity attacks in a bid to see just how prepared your team are for it. These attacks will usually come in the form of phishing scams, and once that has been carried out, you’ll be able to have a look at the results. From here, you will be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of how many people fell for the scam overall.
  • Identify the different departments that need serious work when it comes to cybersecurity.
  • Change your cybersecurity awareness training, so that it is specifically catered towards these problem areas.
  • Be able to have a track record that reflects the improvement of staff in the realm of cybersecurity.

Make It a Priority from Day One

One of the best ways to ensure staff learn and are working under your rules is to have effective onboarding where cybersecurity is discussed right from the off. In doing this, your employees will be aware that this is a responsibility which is shared and is very important to you. Put together a presentation or some form of training that discusses cybersecurity, goes into detail about why it’s so important to you, and talks about the most efficient ways you can practice it. Starting off on the correct foot is the best way to tackle this issue.

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