Cyber security training for your employees

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Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading network solution specialists. From designing and optimizing specific information technology strategies, to hosting cloud server storage solutions and top of the line security, we are the team you can count on, for all your networking needs. As such, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about how important effective cyber security training is for your employees.

What are the benefits of effective cyber security training for your employees?

There are a number of advantages and benefits to training your employees to recognize cyber security threats and to use good practice in terms of password and account management. These advantages include:

  • Reducing the human risk- every human in your team is a potential cyber security risks. From complex phishing scams to simple password cracking, cyber criminals target real people with social engineering, or hacking tools, to get access to systems and platforms. Training your employees to recognize phishing scams, and report and avoid these, as well as to use complex, non-guessable passwords can be the most effective way to reduce the risk for your company.
  • Improving understanding- an in depth understanding around downloadable content and links in emails or documents, is limited. As such the cyber security risks associated with this type of content are almost never recognised or identified by your employees. Good staff training can help to resolve this, and you will see practices becoming much safer for the future.

What should employee training include?

Effective training for your employees should involve:

  • Training all employees with internet and device access- everyone who has access to the IT network, who opens emails or uses a USB drive could potentially allow access to cyber criminals. So its important to train your whole team, from top to bottom.
  • Focusing on the main risks and simple prevention strategies- while its a great idea to train your whole team, different employees may have different levels of access, and training should be tailored to this. It should also be focused on the main risks for your company, and preventing these. All staff should know:
    • To use, unique strong passwords
    • How to recognize spam and phishing in emails
    • How to back up data
    • How to use antivirus software
    • To only use known and secure wifi connections out of the office
  • Continuous training and education as cyber crime practices change quickly, its important for your staff to be made aware of any relevant changes and to up date practices accordingly over time.

For more information or advice about training your employees to recognize and avoid security risks, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.