Boost Your Employee’s Cybersecurity Training

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While cyberattacks remain the no. 1 business risk in North America, only one in four employees are aware of the most common cyber security threats—including phishing attacks, ransomware, and impersonation—according to a Wednesday report from Mimecast.

The report surveyed more than 1,000 employees who operate company-issued devices to see how much employees know about cybersecurity risks, and how well businesses are addressing cybersecurity. With nearly 70% of employees using their company’s devices for non-work-related activities, the threat vector is larger than some might think.

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Not only are employees wasting valuable work time and killing their productivity, but the personal use of corporate devices also opens the door for a slew of security concerns, the report found. And many employees don’t understand the potential consequences of using work devices for personal means.

For organizations wanting to either refresh, improve, or begin better cybersecurity education practices, the report outlined the following three tips to get started:

1. Be persistent: A one and done approach isn’t enough. It’s important to keep reiterating to employees what they need to be aware of when it comes to cyber threats and best practices for spotting malicious messages, websites, etc. Don’t try to get every bit of training out of the way in a single onboarding class or annual refresher session. Instead, teach in short bursts of no more than a few minutes.

2. Make it mandatory: Training should be provided at 30-day intervals. More importantly, after you train once or twice, don’t stop there—make it a consistent, mandatory, company-wide practice.

3. Make it funny: The easiest way to lose your audience is by making the training boring, irrelevant, and worst of all, forgettable. Incorporating personalities, recurring characters and relatable content can go a long way toward the content having a lasting impact.

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