Security Awareness Training is one area that assists in mitigating attacks on employees.

FREMONT, CA: Employees are the organization's first line of defense against cyber security attacks. The prospect of the security awareness program is contingent upon the participation of every employee in the organization.

Prioritize developing a cyber secure and aware culture as part of the organizational goals and plans for 2021. This will require a sustained commitment on every manager, department, and individual in the organization.

Additionally, there must be an understanding that effective security awareness does not consist of random training sessions or a quarterly phishing email.

As a CISO or security leader, use the new year to equip colleagues with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to identify phishing attacks, be aware of CEO fraud, and understand how easily social engineering can be used against them.

Below is a list of critical security awareness program must-haves that will help keep the organization aware, secure, and protected.

Some Steps to Ensure the Success of Security Awareness

The human component of cyber-attacks is now well established, with research indicating that approximately 85 percent of all attacks involve a human being duped (or otherwise induced) into 'pushing the attack button.' Security Awareness Training is a well-established method for preventing successful human-centered cyber-attacks. As a result, spending on security awareness programs is expected to reach $10 billion by 2027.

Obtain Buy-In Throughout the C-Suite and Board of Directors: It goes without saying that to effect change, businesses must obtain buy-in from the appropriate individuals. Security is a concern for everyone, including those on the board of directors. A positive tone from the top helps shift employees' attitudes toward security, spreading throughout the organization. With C-level and board support, a CISO has the authority to implement the tools and processes necessary to increase the business's security. C-level support provides the necessary foundation for establishing a security culture through a Security Awareness Training package.

Begin at the Beginning: Determine the security requirements by assessing the threat landscape, mainly related to the sector. This comprehension is necessary for the development of an effective security awareness program. Businesses can tailor a Security Awareness Training program more effectively by understanding the threats the sector or company will likely face. For instance, what cloud applications does the organization utilize? Which type of threat is the most vulnerable to? Do companies offer a flexible work schedule and employ remote employees? Is password sharing a problem among the employees?

Additionally, regulatory compliance requirements may be sector-specific: for instance, the staff may handle large volumes of compassionate data that must adhere to DPA2018 requirements. When developing a customized awareness program, keep data protection regulations in mind.

Construct It: Security Consciousness Training should be hands-on and centered on the individual. To be successful, a training program must resonate with its audience. There are several techniques for achieving this, and not all security awareness programs are created equal. The best will provide interactive and engaging content that is interesting to employees. If CISOs can maintain an individual's interest, they will encourage sustained active learning.

To create an effective program for mitigating human-centered cyber threats, the topics covered must reflect the types of threats the organization currently faces or will face. Typical topics include the following:

  • Maintaining password hygiene
  • Scams via email
  • Malware and removable storage devices
  • Keeping safe online
  • Privacy and security on social media
  • Compliance and regulations, as well as the impact they have on employees

Phishing simulation exercises are an excellent way to teach employees about the dangers of phishing emails creatively and engagingly.

Communicate: Each successful security awareness program results from a collaborative effort. Maintain effective communication with managers, executives, team leads, and other key colleagues. Keep them informed of the status of the training and awareness programs.