6 Key Benefits of Security Awareness Training
As we discussed in our ‘Human Error: are your colleagues putting you at risk of a data breach?’ blog, we learned that 9 out of 10 cyber security breaches reported to the ICO in 2019 were a result of human error made by employees within the breached organisation (6 out of 10 due to phishing).
Security awareness training is a fantastic way to help your organisation protect itself from hackers and other types of cybercrime. From reducing the amount of errors made by employees to increasing your business’ reputation, security training is definitely something to consider for every organisation serious about maintaining a high level of security.
Here are 6 Key Benefits of Security Awareness Training that every organisation can benefit from:
1. Training can reduce employee errors
As previously stated, 90% of cyber security breaches reported to the ICO in 2019 were directly related to errors made to actual humans who worked within the breached organisation. That’s a staggering number. By implementing a programme to educate employees about threats such as phishing emails, dodgy email attachments containing malware and other types of social engineering attacks you can drastically reduce the chances of your employees making a mistake that could cause your business some problems.
2. Compliance. We all love to be compliant
Increasing your organisation’s levels of compliance is always a good thing. As cybercrime continuously evolves, regulations are regularly being implemented in order to help protect data. In some industries it is completely mandatory to be compliant, such as in banking and healthcare, but in industries where it is not, failure to demonstrate proper safeguards often leads to hefty fines.
3. Increase your levels of security
Believe it or not, by deploying a security awareness programme into your business you can increase your levels of security. By educating staff, you are making them more aware of choosing stronger passwords, identifying suspicious emails and getting them to follow correct processes when
4. Security training helps protect the organisation’s reputation
Security breaches can have horrific consequences for some organisations. It is often hard to recover from the damage that a public breach can have on your organisation. In fact, one study shows that 60% of small businesses cease business operations within 6 months of a successful attack – training your staff can certainly help prevent these attacks from occurring and is an indication of good practice.
5. Save money and save time
If you aren’t worried about a data breach, it’s likely your company has an endless supply of spare cash that you don’t mind splashing. Huge fines and costs business operations can be a huge financial drain on a breached organisation. By reducing the risk of being breached with internal security awareness training programmes, you are also reducing the risk of having to break the bank.
6. Worry less and get a good night’s sleep
Knowing that you are covering all the above points by introducing a security awareness training programme will certainly allow you to relax those shoulders. Having a strong policy in place, where everyone is on the same page, should certainly allow you to maintain focus on other parts of your job that hopefully don’t stress you out as much.
In summary, a security awareness training programme has a great deal of benefits – these are just 6 key benefits amongst a wide variety of others.
At Nouveau, we can offer a security awareness training programme that offers analytics and insights into how your organisation’s employees improve their understanding of security threats as time goes on.