Cybersecurity Training Best Practices for Employees

Cybersecurity services provide protection against hacking, viruses, and other threats to an organization’s data. While there are many outside threats, employees are usually the first targets of cyberattacks such as phishing, malware, and ransomware.

To avoid having data compromised by an internal member of an organization, employee training should be part of a company’s cybersecurity initiatives.

Employee training for cybersecurity is particularly important for companies dealing with sensitive information such as credit cards and HIPPA regulations. Small to medium businesses need to train employees to identify and respond correctly to cyberthreats before they become detrimental. 

Here are some employee training best practices to include in your employee cybersecurity training program:

Create an IT Policy Handbook

A handbook of your IT policy should be shared with every employee in the organization – from the CEO to the interns. It should inform anyone with access to your systems on how to spot and report potential scams.

Wahaya IT Consulting creates a custom-tailored IT Policy handbook for all of our managed clients. In conjunction with our training platform, it can mitigate human security risks and identifies major cybersecurity risks to your industry. The handbook also meets compliance requirements for local data security laws by aligning with a “Reasonable Cybersecurity Program,” required by the state of Lousiana and most other states.

Phishing, fake software, and other cybersecurity scams are constantly evolving. Ensure your IT policy handbook is consistently updated to keep employees aware of new threats.

Add Cyber Security Training to Official Onboarding Initiatives

Cybersecurity should be incorporated as part of your onboarding program for all new employees.

You can also conduct refresher sessions to ensure your existing employees are up-to-date on the latest cyberthreats. At the end of the training session, conduct tests, mock drills, and certification exams

Good training includes assessments and follow-ups. Wahaya IT Consulting provides necessary training needed for most compliance requirements, including weekly video micro trainings, and monthly newsletters, all integrated with dark web monitoring. Consistent and positive experiences with training will ensure your employees take cybersecurity seriously.

Day Zero Cybersecurity Threat Alerts

As previously mentioned, the cybercrime landscape is constantly evolving. Every day, cybercriminals are finding new vulnerabilities to exploit, and new methods to steal your data or to hack into your system. Day zero alerts are a great way to keep your employees updated.

For example, if a new security threat is discovered, an email should be sent that clearly defines the threat and what can be done to mitigate it. Afterward, follow up to verify employees took the necessary steps.<

Transparency for Employees and Organizations

Considering the serious ramifications brought on by cybercrime attacks, organizations need to strengthen their first line of defense against cybercriminals–their own employees. Let your employees know what to look for and who to report to the event of any IT related challenges.

Reduce your risk of an employee falling victim to cybersecurity attacks and risking your organization’s data with a custom cybersecurity and training plan from Wahaya IT Consulting

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