No business is 100% safe from today’s rising rates of cybercrime. Employees are now more at risk than ever, with recent months seeing a surge in vulnerable, unprotected devices due to new work from home arrangements.
Fostering a company culture of security awareness has thus never been more necessary. As a vast majority of breaches are caused by human error, managers must make the critical effort to educate employees on best practices and methods of threat prevention.
We explore the best ways to implement a successful security training program, and how Terminal B’s services can help.
1. Ensure company-wide participation
Having a company-wide approach to cybersecurity training is the best path to a culture of security awareness and improved cyber hygiene. Be sure to have end users of all levels on board your initiative, including executives and senior management. This weaves security awareness into your existing corporate culture, ensuring that all the requirements for your program are funded adequately.
Additionally, rather than them staying as siloed departments, you’ll help your tech and management teams work together to consistently support a safer digital culture for all.
2. Have a clear, specific purpose
Getting users onboard your program requires a clear vision, purpose, and end goal. Communicate these to managers, executives, and board members early and often, reinforcing the value of your efforts and any progress made. The more they understand the importance of what you’re doing, the more willing they’ll be to support your initiatives.
Frequently communicating the hows, whys, and whats of your program is also critical in maintaining employee investment. Workers must be constantly updated on important happenings, why they’re taking place, and how these impact them. Vague objectives and poor messaging only leave employees confused, and thus, withdrawn from your initiative.
3. Provide regular assessments and training
To successfully instill new, habitual routines and perspectives toward better cybersecurity, regular training and assessment is crucial. Employees and executives must be constantly tested in their security knowledge and practices, ensuring they’re up to date with the latest skills and information. This will require consistent efforts from your program in the form of regular phishing simulations, question-based assessments, and social engineering tests, among other methods.
Practical training and assessments help keep employees on top of their security game, and best practices fresh in their minds. Ongoing tests and training can also help spotlight the newest hacking methods and forms of cybercrime, helping workers adjust and improve their behaviors as necessary.
4. Set goals, metrics, and consistently track your progress