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Employers urged to give employees basic cybersecurity training as report reveals just 14% do so

The Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey reported that just 14% of businesses train staff on cyber security and 1 in 5 have tested their staff response to cyber incidents.

The report, conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), found the average annual cost for a business being £8,460 for lost data or assets after breaches.

Your people can be your biggest asset and with security awareness training they can become highly effective barriers to cyber-crime. The more cyber attacks that take place,

the more cyber guidance is created and issued, leaving businesses confused and unsure where to start.

Many SMEs and charities may not have the resources to put any cyber security policies and training in place at all, leaving staff exposed as their frontline defence against cyber attacks.

With small businesses now facing up to 10,000 cyber-attacks a day, business owners must do all they can to ensure employees are using systems and devices safely, to protect their customer's data from the likes of phishing attacks or data breaches.

The DCMS report found that whilst many firms (47%) allow staff to use personal devices when working from home during the pandemic, just 23% of firms cover home working in a cyber security policy.

With resources stretched after moving businesses online in the last 12 months, just 31% have business continuity plans that mention cyber security, and only 15% have completed an audit of their cyber security vulnerabilities.

So how can you help your employees to become safer online?

Our Security Awareness Training is delivered by our experts and is focused towards those with little or no cyber security or technical knowledge. The sessions are made up of small and succinct modules using real-world examples. The training sessions help staff understand their working environment, giving them the confidence to speak up when something doesn’t look right.

The training is tailored to each individual audience to provide the right level of skills and context for your business. The trainers are highly knowledgeable, personable and friendly and pride themselves on providing the right environment for your people to feel comfortable and to ask questions.

How do I request your Security Awareness Training?

If you would like to request a quote, please contact us via our webpage.

What is the Student Services offering from the WMCRC?

The WMCRC has formed partnerships with local universities to identify the best and brightest ‘ethical hacking’ talent from across the region who are able to deliver Cyber Services.

These services are designed to provide guidance to SMEs who are new to cyber security and need help getting started. These hand-picked students are deployed to work alongside the centre’s experienced team to provide small business with a range of affordable service to help improve your cyber resilience.

There are a number of services available which include investigating what information is out there that might be used to attack your business and you personally like personal details, breached passwords, and data available on the dark web.

They can check on the security of your website and systems, come in and scrutinise your current policies and procedures, or even deliver a staff training session. These student services are designed overall to make your staff and business a safer place. Find out more here


The contents of this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others.  Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us.


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