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Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, the record of cyber-attacks has increased by 600%, so knowing how to organize cybersecurity training is essential so that workers know how to avoid these attacks and improve their cyber health.  

When a company receives a cyberattack, its main effect is the loss of large sums of money, so it is important that all workers have adequate training that allows them to maintain a high level of security at all times. Several things must be considered, such as sensitive data, phishing, viruses, etc. 

Continue reading and discover how to organize cybersecurity training for workers that will cover all the necessary aspects for your company.

How to create an effective cybersecurity training program?

To create an effective training program, you must consider what aspects you will show that might be facing your business. The program’s main objective will be to teach your employees how to maintain good cyber health during their job, tasks, or daily life, especially if they use the same devices for personal and work matters. According to CyberGhost’s cybersecurity checklist, here are some of the security threads that should be included:

  1. Anti-virus 
  2. Weak Passwords
  3. Password Managers
  4. Multi-Factor Authenticators
  5. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  6. Pop-ups
  7. Extensions in the browser
  8. Internet Downloads
  9. System and Program Updates
  10. Personal and Work Accounts 

It’s essential to define which aspects are going to be included and which are not, depending on the cyber attacks that could receive your business. When creating the program and schedule, keep in mind the available budget so all sessions are of excellent quality, and align with the business’s goals. 

What is cyber health and safety?

Whenever you change your passwords to better ones, activate an anti-virus, or just do something that will allow you to prevent cyber attacks and threads, you’re acting on the cyber health and safety of your data and privacy. 

If you’re looking to organize training for employees about cybersecurity, then you need to keep in mind the following aspects:

  1. Using security tools such as Anti-Malware, Antivirus Software, Password Managers, and Network Firewalls.
  2. Consider using non-technical terms so everything can understand what they need to do.
  3. Employees must understand the difference between personal and corporate usage on their computers and phones. 
  4. Always maintain the latest security patches and system versions
  5. Learn how to identify suspicious activities and what to do if they find one. 

5 steps for preparing cybersecurity training for employees

  1. Define the number of employees, the awareness level they already have on cybersecurity, the available budget, and the training timeframes.
  2. Define what level of training certain employees will receive, for example, basic level for all employees, management levels for all executives and managers, and lastly, IT training for those in charge of the security of the business, tech positions, or those in charge of getting through with the accountability of the business. 
  3. Create a leadership team that includes representatives from all the business lines that can give the training in the best way possible in each area. 
  4. With the leadership team, create a schedule for the training that includes all important aspects you’ll be able to define as you continue reading this article.
  5. Prepare all materials needed and implement cybersecurity training for all employees.

5 activities to guarantee cybersecurity programs’ success:

If you’d like to know if the programs have been a success, then you can do these activities that will allow you to see what areas had correct training, which aspects might need another session, and which people are implementing the cyber security as recommended:

  1. Create a quiz for all employees to know their cyber health knowledge.
  2. Program a revision on employees’ computers and reward those following a good security hygiene.
  3. Send monthly newsletters reminding them of the multiple security protection they can have against cyber-attacks.
  4. Create metrics with the percentage of low-security incidents reported month by month.
  5. Ask for employee feedback on questions they have or things they didn’t quite understand from the program.

With all these activities and data, you will be able to understand the success of your program and, if needed, create another one in a couple of months to reinforce what has been learned and answer questions. 

Why is it important to have good cybersecurity and health?

Cybersecurity programs are just as important as any other programs your business might have. Having employees who understand the importance of data and access to the company is the most important aspect because they will not only understand the risks but also be able to identify any security thread and be responsible for notifying them. 

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