Companies have to ward off all manner of attacks every day. The most recent data on cyber-security is disturbing. A good number of small and medium enterprises don’t recover after cyber-attacks.
Every company should have this to-do-list if they are to stay safe:
- A security policy
- The tools to fight malicious attempts
- A workforce ready to protect their company
The latter has gained prominence lately. Your company staffs are at risk of social engineering experts. From baits to phishing, the risks are many.
Your staff cannot rely on general internet knowledge; they need training. It has to be elaborate and purposeful. Quality security training has many benefits. Here are some of them.
1. It Saves the Company Time and Money
You will not spend a fortune recovering from cyber breaches. You will also rid yourself from costly downtimes that come with cyber-attacks.
You Can Be Fined For Not Complying With Cyber Security Laws
Compliance is no longer an option even for small companies. After many years of security breaches and threats, governments have stepped up with regulatory mechanisms. Training your staff on the best policy is part of it. Failure to comply can cost your company dearly.
Your staffs are confident and hence increased productivity
Confidence is a great motivation. When your workers know what to do, they can maintain a healthy working relationship. They can retain formal contacts while doing business without doing things that can compromise the company’s security. For example, chatting with a stranger using a company phone or computer is a security threat.
Minimizes costly errors
It is becoming impossible to cut out the bad guys completely, but you can reduce the losses. Your team can know when to report vulnerabilities. They can also identify areas where they can fall prey.
2. It Enhances Overall Cyber Security
The overall purpose of security training is to ensure that you are safe at all times. You can train all your team members including those that don’t deal with computers. Ignoring anyone in the team can be costly. Training can ensure that every person in your team can do the following:
Identify Security Threats
If something is not in your line of work, it is hard to give it some effort. Your IT guys may be aware of all the threats, but a target on any other person can quickly bring the criminals inside your organization. Everyone from the manager to the janitor plays a part in the cyber-security efforts.
If a janitor picks a USB card labeled HR report and quickly runs with it to the HR office, gives the front end office assistant and the assistant plugs it into the computer to check its content before the boss comes in, the malware will be in your company system.
Mitigate data and security breaches on time
Once your team detects a threat, it can know how to respond to minimize the dangers. They cannot do that if you have not prepared them for such an eventuality.
3. It Enhances the Company’s Reputation
Customers want to feel safe throughout their shopping experience. They don’t want to visit your website only to come out worse than they were. A knowledgeable workforce can ensure that the whole customer experience journey is safe. Doing so has its advantages.
Customers and partners are confident when dealing with you. When they provide you with their data, they know you are capable of protecting it. Confident customers keep coming back. If they are unsure of their safety, they will not deal with you.
If your company offers SaaS or enterprise software programs, cyber-security safety is paramount because no one will buy your services if they suspect it will add security risks to them.
The returns on security training are diverse. Your company can stay safe from attacks, the team will be confident when dealing with threats, and you improve your overall business outlook.
To reap all the benefits, ensure that the training delivers quality and relevant insight. Do not just offer one-day seminars. Ensure that the training materials are current. Annual training work best.