Three Reasons Why Cybersecurity Awareness Training is Important to Your Business

Your employees are frequently exposed to sophisticated phishing and ransomware attacks. Cybersecurity is no longer the sole responsibility of your IT department. It’s everyone’s business. 

Every organization is at risk. According to KnowBe4’s Email Security Gap Analysis, your email filters have a 10.5% failure rate. This means you need a strong human firewall as your last line of defence. 

Educating your staff on how to recognize phishing scams and malicious attacks is the key to ensuring your company data remains safe.

Here are three reasons why cybersecurity awareness training is important to your business.

1. Cyber-criminals don’t discriminate. 

All staff in your organization are at risk of receiving a malicious email. Email scams can take many forms including:

  • Phishing attacks - where users are asked to divulge sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. Examples include fake security notice warnings where users are warned about “unusual log-in activity”.
  • Spear phishing – this is a much more targeted attack in which hackers know which specific individuals or organisations they are after. Spear phishers are after valuable data such as confidential information, business secrets etc.
  • CEO fraud – this is a scam in which cybercriminals spoof company email accounts and try and trick an employee in accounting or HR to authorize payments or send out confidential tax information. 

 

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Source: KnowBe4

2. Fast results.

According to KnowBe4, who train six million users worldwide, companies begin with an average of 27% phish-prone users. After 90 days on the training program this decreases to 13% on average, and after a year this is reduced to only 2.1%. 

 

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Source: KnowBe4

​​​​​3. Reduced risk.

Without a proper training program for your staff, your business is at risk of not only financial loss through fraud but also business interruption, and damage to your business’s reputation.

At Huon IT, we offer an all-in-one online training service utilizing KnowBe4’s world-class phishing platform and training platform. This service is fully-customised and co-ordinated by a Huon IT trainer. For more information on our Cybersecurity Awareness Training, click on the brochure below.

 

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Brochure

 

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