There are only a few days of 2016 left. We wave goodbye to a year that has, yet again, placed issues of cybersecurity at the center of the nation’s attention. Even now, Russian hackers, after their suspected attempts to influence the 2016 election outcome, are grabbing top headlines. Meanwhile, Yahoo attempts to rebound from an enormous breach that compromised more than 1 billion accounts, making it the largest cybersecurity incident in history in terms of affected users.
One thing that’s become clear about cyber attacks is that they show no signs of abating. Each year, hackers seem intent on outdoing themselves through more frequent, more persistent and larger attacks. Companies and government agencies trying to protect their sensitive data have woken up to the fact that privacy and security is a matter of operational risk that involves everyone in an organization. Every employee that accesses the network has a critical part to play in its security.
While most organizations understand the importance of security and privacy awareness, many continue to struggle daily with phishing attacks, insecure use of Wi-Fi, oversharing on social media and other problems related to employees’ use of company networks. Some savvy companies are beginning to evaluate their awareness programs, asking whether more effective cybersecurity training could improve on these problems.
Unfortunately, the security awareness efforts at many modern companies leave something to be desired, and it doesn’t take much to spot the problem. Spending an hour watching a series of videos or listening to a brief lecture on web safety doesn’t do much to ensure good security practices. Analysts in the cybersecurity industry point out that awareness programs need not only to promote understanding, but also reinforce ongoing practice and measure outcomes.
If you are spending the initial weeks of 2017 planning and budgeting for the year, know that proper cybersecurity training will take more than a session with an executive in your IT department. You can get more for your money from a cybersecurity consultant with onsite training expertise. Follow this up with ongoing sessions throughout the year, and take stock of your employees’ privacy protection skills through periodic assessments. You will soon be on your way to a much more cyber-savvy workforce and a better overall security position.
Lunarline offers industry-leading cybersecurity training programs for both cybersecurity professionals and the broader employee population. For more information on our services and how we can help you, contact us online today!