Why Security Awareness Training is Possibly the Most Important Tool in your Arsenal

Cyber-attacks are on a boom these days, if we look at the stats of 2021, there is a ransomware attack happening every 11 seconds somewhere on the globe. Since the pandemic, cyber-attacks have increased by 400%. The rate of these crimes is on a continuous rise, putting the crucial data of business organizations at risk. Cyber-attacks not only cost companies millions, but also takes a lot of time to put an attacked system back on track. Cybersecurity and online safety should be our main concern as we keep operating our businesses virtually.

It has become imperative for businesses to prioritize and invest in security awareness since it safeguards data, privacy, and intellectual property. Relying on the latest antivirus, using backup & disaster recovery software, and an endpoint monitoring solution is certainly not enough to secure sensitive information. As human error accounts for 95% of all cyber security breaches, it is essential to have a trained workforce that identifies cyber threats and processes, before damage occurs.

Here is why security awareness training is possibly the most important tool in your arsenal for avoiding threats of cyber-security crimes.

Reduce Breaches and Attacks

Raising security awareness prevents your team from falling victim to data breaches and cyber-attacks. With security awareness, team members can identify security threats and act on them, in an appropriate manner. As the majority of business workforce is working remotely, the possibility of these threats has increased, to a greater extent.

However, with proper training and awareness, cyber security attacks can be prevented. This training should be considered mandatory and seen as an investment done to enhance the company’s cyber safekeeping. Companies that have security awareness team members are at a much lower risk of data breaches and attacks.

Encourage Security Culture

It is essential to create a security-centric culture in an organization. There is not only the responsibility of a security team in an organization, but that every team member is a stalwart of security. For many organizations adhering to security measures can be troublesome, but with proper security awareness we can prevent security breaches.

Team members should be informed about social engineering practices and encouraged to follow the suggested protocols. Every employee is accountable to protect the organization’s system and network by navigating through knowledge gained during security training. Making employees cyber smart can save organizations from falling prey to cyber-attacks.

Captivating Customer Trust

Customer trust should be at the forefront for businesses, as this is what makes them sustainable. A majority of today’s customers are aware of cybercrimes taking place in our world. Developing a good security culture makes you a preferred brand of choice for customers.

Prospective clients tend to evaluate security measures of any organization as they’ll be sharing a lot of critical information with suppliers.  Customers are less likely to trust organizations that have been a victim of cyber-attacks in the past. Becoming a cyber-smart company helps companies acquire new customers while building strong relationships with existing ones.

Strengthening Technological Defenses

Technologies used in your organization act as a wall to prevent cybercrimes. However, these technologies will not outperform their potential unless the ones operating them are receive hands-on training. While creating security awareness, employees must be taught about different actions they need to take, such as understanding security warnings, updating security software, activating firewalls, and installing antivirus. Equipping systems with necessary technologies will only be useful if employees are trained to effectively utilize them.

Improving Employee and Community’s Wellbeing

When a company focuses on security awareness, it creates a safer environment for their employees and community. This training helps employees stay safe from cyber-attacks at work, as well as in their personal life.

On the other hand, making security awareness training an important priority makes organizations stand out and set a good example for everyone. When an organization becomes a victim of a cyber-attack, other organizations that are part of the network also become vulnerable. One weak link can crash an entire network. To avoid mass cyber-attacks, every organization must act responsibly towards security awareness.

Security awareness training is more than making team members aware of cybercrimes. It is a process where they are consistently taught to stay alert and take timely actions to prevent possible attacks.

At Etech Global services, we have pledged a cyber-safe environment for our team members and clients. Having routine security awareness training ensures that our team members are aware of the best security practices while safeguarding critical customer information. Get in touch with Etech to understand how we provide fool-proof tech stacks and customer engagement solutions to leading brands all over the world.

By |2022-06-29T23:48:18-06:00June 24, 2022|

Author

Ronnie Mize is the Chief Security Officer of Information Technology for Etech Technical Services. Ronnie has been in the technology sector for 20 years and has held technology leadership roles with Microtech America, The Berry Company (a subsidiary of Bellsouth) and Etech.His entrepreneurial background includes extensive experience in technology development and deployment as well as implementation of business processes and defined methodology.

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