The Importance of Cyber Security Awareness Training

Nowadays it’s more vital than ever that companies have well maintained cyber security systems in place – from Antivirus to Encryption to Multi-Factor Authentication. But just as important as having security systems in place is ensuring that your employees have an up-to-date standard of cyber security awareness.

The 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport found that only 18% of businesses had implemented extra staff awareness measures, and it could be costing them big-time. The 2019 Verizon report on data breaches found that 33% of breaches that year had been social attacks and a cumulative 35% of breaches were the result of error or misuse by authorised users. The value of proper cyber security awareness training simply cannot be overlooked.

The most present danger regarding internal actors and security is Phishing – which involves tricking someone into supplying confidential information to what they think is a professional source. In addition, employees can also be at risk if they become complacent about security in order to ‘get the job done’ – they may fail to be vigilant in checking and updating security processes, or simply be seriously unprepared for the occurrence of an actual attack.

Cyber Security Awareness Training with MFG

MFG’s Cyber Awareness Training can mitigate these dangers by educating employees on the signs of Phishing and hoax emails – teaching them to investigate the domain an sender’s email address, check it for accurate writing and detailed information and most importantly recognise if an email is making suspicious requests of them. Training can also be used to instil a proactive mindset in employees regarding maintaining security processes and being properly prepared for the advent of an attack.

However, cyber awareness and cyber security training needs to be about more than just coaching employees to get the certificate – it needs to be about fostering a culture of vigilance and responsibility around information and security. It’s important to get people into the habit of regularly checking the security of their devices and keeping their security software up-to-date. It’s also vital to teach employees how to assess the state of their security and to be able to spot – and respond appropriately – to any incongruities or problems that may occur. If this can be pursued with a professional and vigilant approach, companies will be able to significantly mitigate fears of internal security problems.

MFG’s Cyber Security Staff Awareness course is designed by our partners at OSP and developed by an experienced Cyber Security Chief Training Officer (CTO). The training itself is suitable for all staff of all job roles to ensure consistent awareness of Cyber Security, as part of either a staff induction or recurring annual training.

Get in touch with your account manager at MFG to learn more about our cyber security awareness courses.