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Why Your Company Might Need Security Awareness Training



The internet is a fantastic resource that has offered countless opportunities to many businesses, however it has also opened the doors to a whole new type of crime; cybercrime. With the increase in technological advances, cyber threats are becoming more and more sophisticated, so protecting your company's sensitive data and assets is more critical than ever.

While investing in robust cybersecurity measures is essential, it is only ever as good as the people who use it. With our security awareness training, your employees can become highly effective barriers against potential threats.

In this blog, we'll explore why your company might need security awareness training and how it can help to protect your business.


What is the human factor?

Despite technological advancements, without proper training humans remain the weakest link in cybersecurity. Cybercriminals often exploit human vulnerabilities through social engineering tactics, such as phishing emails, pretexting, or baiting, to gain unauthorised access to sensitive information. Security awareness training helps your employees recognise these tactics and equips them with the knowledge to respond appropriately.

By educating your workforce about the various forms of cyber threats and teaching them how to identify suspicious activities, you empower them to be proactive in their approach to security. They'll be more likely to spot potential dangers and report them promptly, preventing a potential cyber incident before it escalates to something much more sinister. This leads us to our next point.

Educate and empower your staff to spot suspicious activities

Many employees hesitate to report potential security breaches or unusual activity due to a lack of confidence in their ability to recognise these incidents. Our security awareness training provides them with the tools they need to feel confident about challenging any situation that doesn't seem quite right.

Armed with practical knowledge and real-world examples, employees will feel ready and confident in their ability to question unusual activities, phishing emails, unusual requests, or even someone pretending to be an authorised individual. By fostering a culture where questioning situations that are out of the ordinary is encouraged, your company can tighten its security measures significantly.

Tailored training for different audiences

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to security awareness training. Each department within your organisation may have distinct security needs and potential niche vulnerabilities. A well-designed training program (like ours!) takes these differences into account and tailors the content to meet the specific requirements of each audience.

From the CEO to the newest office intern, every employee plays a role in cybersecurity. By providing training that is contextually relevant and easy to understand, everyone receives the necessary skills and knowledge to protect your business effectively.

Bridging the knowledge gap

Security awareness training is not just for those with a technical background. In fact, it is primarily focused on employees who may have little to no cybersecurity knowledge. The training breaks down complex technical jargon into simple terms, making it accessible and engaging for everyone.

It’s also vital to remember that cybersecurity training is not a one-stop shop. You may be thinking “My staff completed cybersecurity training a year ago, so we don’t need it now”. That may be so, but cybercrime is constantly evolving, so it’s vital you are aware of the latest dangers and your staff's knowledge is up to date.

Choose the right training programme

The success of any training program highly depends on the quality of the trainers delivering it. Our security awareness training is delivered by our friendly team of cybersecurity experts who are not only highly knowledgeable in the field but also great teachers!

We aim to create an environment where employees feel comfortable asking questions and seeking clarifications. Our skilled trainers can answer queries, address concerns, and reinforce key takeaways, leaving your employees with the confidence in their ability to apply what they've learned.

Think your company could benefit from cyber awareness training? Contact us today to find out more.

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