People are the primary attack vector - have we trained our employees to be aware?
Technology alone is not sufficient for protecting organisations against cyber threats and must be complemented by strong security processes and user education. The human factor is the weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity, and an employee clicking on a phishing link can have devastating consequences for an organisation even when other cyber safeguards are established.
Security awareness training is the process of educating users on a variety of cybersecurity threats and corporate security policies for addressing them. The purpose is to equip users to recognise cyber threats and avoid falling victim to them, and to know how to react if they encounter this situation. The training also aims to raise awareness on the importance of cybersecurity and to help build a security-oriented mindset among users.
As the technological and threat landscapes are constantly evolving, security awareness trainings should be provided regularly, as part of a larger security programme, to ensure users’ knowledge is kept up to date. Training sessions should ideally be followed by tests that measure the results of the initiative, e.g. phishing campaigns. Implementing this type of training programme helps organisations address the following common challenges:
- Threat landscape is continuously evolving, and knowledge needs to be updated accordingly
- Lack of awareness among users concerning cyber threats and how to avoid them
- Potential catastrophic consequences of users falling victim of cyber threats.
We have extensive experience in consulting and implementing how to secure and streamline IT operations to harden the defence against cyber threats. We help our clients to determine and implement the right controls, processes and tools to increase cybersecurity within the organisation.