“Just under half (46%) of all businesses identified at least one breach or attack in the last year. The most common types of breaches related to staff receiving fraudulent emails (72%).” UK Government’s 2017 Cyber Security Breach survey
We are patently aware of the far-reaching consequence of a data breach, be it legislative fines or a massive reputational hit (negative PR and loss of business), but are we missing a trick when it comes to fighting back? It seems likely. The same UK Government survey also states that “Breaches were often linked to human factors, highlighting the importance of staff awareness and vigilance. However, few businesses currently provide staff with cyber security training (20%)”
If you want to protect your assets by significantly reducing your cyber risk you need to provide your workforce with an understanding of the threats that they are frequently exposed to; phishing, ransomware, malware, social engineering and insecure networks, to name but a few, and empower them with the knowledge of how to avoid them.
“A company’s employees are its greatest asset”, Richard Branson.
Your staff were employed for a reason, often highly skilled and very capable of doing their jobs.
However, expecting them to have an innate knowledge of, and the ability to keep up with, the rapidly shifting threat landscape is not only unfair but also unrealistic. With training, your employees become a security asset rather than an area of risk. It’s time to strengthen your human firewall.
Empower your greatest assets with Savanti
In this blog, part 1, we provide a brief overview of why it's crucial to train your staff. Look out for our next blog, part 2, for tips on how to create a security culture within your business via training and awareness.
We can help change your employees’ security behaviour and reduce your risk now, and we would be very happy to support you on this journey, please get in touch – email@example.com or visit the chat function on our website: www.savanti.co.uk