There is an often-quoted statistic recently in cyber-security, that 95% of security breaches are due to “human error”. Of course, what constitutes human error is broad, but what figure like this help to emphasise is the risk associated with the end-user.
Computers with the correct anti-malware software are hard to hack, and don’t make mistakes (very often). Unfortunately, as humans we are the weak link. This has become what hackers exploit, the ‘Human Firewall’.
So why then, with the growing threat of scams, “as much as 54% of companies say they have experienced one or more attacks in the last 12 months”. (is the end-user left as the unaware gatekeeper of our networks, with little to no training on these threats that they are facing?
The majority of these are the result of what is known as a ‘phishing attack’, which are often emails which rely on some form of manipulation for the employee to enter their own email. The need for awareness training is of growing importance, due to the increasing number of attempted hacks, as FraudWatch International state, “any employee with access to a work-related computer or mobile device should undergo thorough cyber security awareness training.”
Personal devices, the Internet of Things are leading to an era of digitisation in our work and personal lives. Yet many people are unaware of the precautions necessary to take to leave yourself less exposed to the threat of malicious actors.
Especially in context of business, one unaware employee could end up costing millions of issues in infrastructure. While this seems dramatic, it has been proven time and time again that your users are your biggest risk. This risk can be mitigated by user awareness training.
The Importance of Security Awareness
Training your employees often about potential scenarios where they could give away data, helps them become more meticulous and better practitioners of secure online behaviour. If they think twice when getting an email from the IT manager asking them for their username and password, it’s probably a good thing.
Security awareness training turns your weakness into an asset. Though there are many modes of delivering training. Automated online modules are recommended. These can be completed any time, tailored to the user and with instant and automatic reporting.
Security training however is shockingly low, “54% do not provide security training for new hires”  This is all the worse because of the proven effectiveness of security training, “300% greater financial loss”  than businesses who do have a cyber security awareness programme.
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