10 Benefits of Security Awareness Training

 

Great training is the bedrock of engaged employees. Engaged means they are aware of and follow directives. Without training, employees could be making serious mistakes, especially in the realm of security. Security training allows organizations to influence behavior, mitigate risk, and ensure compliance. There are countless benefits of initiating security awareness training in your company.

Looking at the evolution of security awareness training, the regulations and protocols are more complex than ever. This is mainly attributed to the sheer size of data produced, which is estimated at 2.5 quintillion bytes a day. The sophistication and growing numbers of hackers also dictate the need for security awareness training. It could be the difference between a ransomware attack and business as usual.

There’s really no question that training yields benefits. Let’s take a look at the top 10 benefits of security awareness training.

When you offer training to your employees on a topic, this is communication to them that it’s important. At this level of importance is a natural transition to have safety be one of your culture’s foundations. Regular training instills better habits. When something becomes a habit, people will continue to follow it like it’s second nature. Reinforcing the training with other communications like posters or emails is another way to ensure your culture stays security focused.

When employees feel confident about their interactions with data that must follow security protocols, the less likely they are to cause an incident. Human error is after all the leading cause of breaches and attacks. Research that examined breaches from all of 2015 found human error as the number one culprit at 37%.

To reduce the chance of human error and empower your staff, security awareness training is the solution. This training will teach them how to protect the company when (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from InfoSec Resources authored by Beth Osborne. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/lKKGeZGhXUQ/