Cybersecurity training is growing to encompass these developments, which act fundamentally differently from traditional network connections

FREMONT, CA: According to the Ponemon Institute and IBM Security's Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 was $4.24 million—a 17-year high. The majority of instances occurred in the United States. When networks are infiltrated, the harm is already done; cybersecurity training can improve an organization's ability to thwart attacks at the source.

Below are some cybersecurity training trends that demonstrate how businesses protect their networks in part through extensive employee training:

Cybersecurity Education Will Expand its Scope: Cybersecurity education has evolved significantly over many years. Perhaps the most significant distinction is that an increasing number of firms are broadening the scope of training to include staff outside of security operations and information technology teams. Because virtually every employee in the majority of firms uses network resources to some extent, it pays to engage in training that covers fundamental cybersecurity standards such as authentication and access for every employee.

Organizations no longer take a single-system approach. Today's workers connect from outside the office via mobile devices and laptops, and they frequently engage with various dissimilar systems throughout their workdays. Cybersecurity education will expand to cover all potential network connections. Additionally, employees will see a broader breadth of training on various devices and systems.

Cybersecurity Education Will Place a Greater Emphasis on AI-Enhanced Cybersecurity Platforms: According to Verizon's 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, 85 percent of the hundreds of thousands of data breaches that happened in 2021 were caused by the "human element." 43 percent of respondents claimed they were "extremely" or "very" convinced they have committed security-related blunders at work. Unsurprisingly, businesses are increasing their investments in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, including AI-enhanced cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity training will include instruction on maximizing the organizational benefit of artificial intelligence capabilities. This approach improves overall network security and enables enterprises to maximize the return on their substantial expenditures in these technologies.

Employee Cybersecurity Certifications Will Become More Popular: A growing number of cybersecurity specialists are obtaining certifications in various specialties, including those hired by firms that bear the financial burden. Enterprises are investing in CompTIA certificates and specialty credentials such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), the EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), and the Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP). Certification is effectively an outsourced method for enhancing general cybersecurity knowledge inside SecOps teams—a significant advantage given the scarcity of qualified cybersecurity specialists on the employment market.