How to educate your employees on cybersecurity

As more and more businesses take themselves online, it’s become increasingly important that everyone in your company is clued up on cyber-attacks and cybersecurity. As one of the biggest threats to many organisations, it’s vital that you take the time now to look at whether your data and important information is vulnerable, and whether or not your cybersecurity needs improving before it’s too late.

Train your workforce

It’s no longer enough to simply send a long, blanket email to your staff and assume they’re going to read it. It’s also not good enough to just get your employees to sign a piece of paper to say they’ve been told about it either. The best thing you can do for your business is to actually run informative training sessions around cybersecurity, detailing the risks, outcomes if there is a breach and what they can look out for in their day-to-day jobs.

Test employee knowledge

Never be afraid to test the knowledge of your employees, after all, if you’ve given them training to do you’ll want to make sure they’ve taken in the content. Other than employing a third party company to produce tests and videos, you could send them a “fake” phishing email. This is a great and practical way to test if they’re able to spot a threat to the business. Are they double-checking the email sender? Are they disclosing sensitive data? By testing them you’ll be able to see whether or not there are any holes in your cybersecurity.

Be prepared for the worst

Whatever you do, don’t assume that you’re safe from an attack. No matter how much training you put in place and how often you test your staff, unfortunately cyber criminals are always finding new ways of breaking down business’s defences. One of the top things you can do is to take out a good cyber insurance policy to protect you should the worst happen. Make sure it’s fully comprehensive and covers everything you need.

Keep everyone in your organisation in the loop

At the end of the day, cybersecurity is everyone’s issue, whether you’re based in the warehouse, admin, sales or HR. No matter where you sit in an organisation, everyone needs to understand how important cybersecurity is from your managers, directors, CEO and staff. Any training that takes place needs to be company wide to make sure that complacency doesn’t set in. The last thing you want as a business is to have holes in your security and allow hackers to come and go as they please!