What should staff cyber security training cover?

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Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading network and security professionals. From cloud backup to secure remote access, we can provide a range of specialized network solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about staff cyber security training.

What is cyber security training?

Cyber security training is something that all businesses and companies should provide to staff who use the IT infrastructure as part of their job. This should help increase business security by training employees to recognize and respond to cyber attacks and threats, and helping them understand their important role in cyber security.

So, what should staff cyber security training cover?

To keep your company or business safe, there are a number of things that your staff will need to know, and these should be covered comprehensively through your cyber security training. This should include:

  • Password security- Staff should know why password security is so crucial and this should be supported by company wide policies and practices that include changing passwords on a 6 month basis and using complex passwords. Password security training should help your staff:
    • Know how to choose a secure password- this involves avoiding passwords that are easily guessable such as a pet or child’s name, and choosing a selection of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special symbols as allowed by your software. Passwords should also be 12-16 characters in length.
    • Understand unique passwords– unique passwords for each site or account your staff members make, outside of work, are crucial for long term safety and security. This means that if one of the personal accounts becomes compromised, this wont effect your business, and your company can stay safe.
  • Threat detection- Staff should be trained to identify and recognize cyber threats. This is crucial as threats like phishing scams rely on human error to send details that grant access to criminals, and open the doors for ransomware, malware or viruses to enter your network. Threat detection can include:
    • Phishing email detection- phishing emails are often designed to look like emails from a real company or institution that your business is involved with so that whoever opens the email is much more likely to be fooled. However, there are some key indicators that your staff should be trained to look out for, so that these emails can be reported. These indicators include spelling and grammar mistakes, and a suspicious or unconnected email address.
    • Suspicious account activity- if your staff login to accounts on the network, and network activity is recorded, they will be able to spot any suspicious logins immediately by identifying unknown usernames. Training your staff to be extra vigilant in this way means that any system infiltration can be identified quickly.
  • Data security- all staff should also be aware of, and trained, in the aspect of data security. This can help ensure that safe practices are always used with important data, and help protect your company from attack.

For professional, reliable network security and cloud data solutions, that are designed to match your business needs, get in touch with the team today, here at Creative Network Solutions.