Why Cyber Security Awareness should be part of basic training of all new employees?
Cyber security awareness training should be made an integral part of the on-boarding process for new employees regardless of company size. In many organizations, the management seems to believe that implementing a Cyber security awareness program only makes sense for large companies and that cyber security threats are mostly external.
However, the data from different surveys indicate that organizations of any size are equally susceptible to attacks from cyber criminals and the causes are more frequently than not are from internal known staff, even if the threat is unintentional.
It’s up to top management to protect the company assets and implement or develop a cyber security awareness plan for new employees (even if the new employee is a bit resistant). Cyber awareness training will go a long way to reducing the likelihood of confidential information isn’t unintentionally sent out, and risky unsecured content representing threats doesn’t come into the organization.
The first step is to raise awareness amongst your existing staff. They should know about the potential dangers of unsafe web browsing habits, careful and responsible use of social networking platforms, and how to prevent responding to fake promotional emails from cyber criminals. Also, they should be sensitized about the possible consequences of breaches, and unintentional sharing of confidential data of the company with unauthorized external third parties through different awareness programs.
In conclusion, every organization will benefit from incorporating cyber security awareness training programs and ensure data is controlled based on safe practices, to ensure confidential information remains secure within an organization and is not misused by unauthorized parties.