New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. By this point in January, many earnest plans to hit the gym regularly or cut calories have already gone sideways. After an initial burst of motivation, it can be hard to keep up with a big change – especially when you’re trying to power through it on your own.
But big changes don’t have to be tackled alone. This is every bit as true for massive organizational shifts as it is for individual goals.
If you’ve established any cybersecurity training goals for your organization in 2020, now is the best time to build your plans. These will keep your team prepared to detect and respond to security threats throughout the year. Identifying programs and training resources now will set your organization’s efforts up for success, and keep you from the “lone wolf” mentality that brings down so many resolutions.
Here are a few elements to consider in your cybersecurity training plan:
Company-Wide Privacy Training
Everyone in your organization has a role in protecting the privacy and security of your data. These roles should be taken seriously, considered a core competency and supported with effective training. Data is one of the most valuable assets in modern business; it makes no sense to minimize the training programs that would set up your employees for success.
You have several options available for delivering company-wide cybersecurity training programs. You can hire professional trainers to deliver face-to-face education. Alternatively, you can schedule online courses or even off-site sessions with a consultant. Whichever route you take, however, just make sure to consider the quality of the training on offer, not just the lowest cost.
Industry and Role-Specific Training
As cybersecurity becomes increasingly important for organizations, the discipline involves those outside of IT to a greater degree than it did before. Healthcare data breaches are growing at a rapid rate, for instance – thus, it makes sense to involve health professionals across the organization in keeping protected health information safe.
Whether you’re in the healthcare world, or part of another targeted industry – manufacturing, financial services, even gambling – you can and should find courses specifically designed to help you navigate profession-specific cybersecurity challenges.
Cybersecurity, as a discipline, requires ongoing skill-sharpening. Without opportunities to expand their abilities, analysts can get behind on the latest strategies and out of touch with the evolving state of cybersecurity. Moreover, certification opportunities help attract and retain top talent, as these pros will be driven to build their skillsets.
Thus, it’s critical to offer professional cybersecurity training, whether online or in-person.
Lunarline’s School of Cybersecurity (SCS) provides training how and where you need it – at our own training facility, at your organization, virtually or even via self-paced e-learning. For more information on how we can help, contact us today.