The proliferation of the internet and cloud technology has dramatically transformed the way data is generated, shared, and stored. By taking data online, these technologies have created an always lurking danger: cybersecurity threats. According to experts, there is a cyber-attack every 39 seconds, amounting to an average of 2,244 times daily. Cybersecurity attacks have devastating impacts on businesses. It can lead to reputational and financial loss, infrastructure and customer relationship damages, regulatory fines, and legal repercussions.

The State of the Industry Report conducted in 2018 by Shred-It concluded that more than 40% of the SMB owners who experienced a breach reported that employee negligence was the root cause of their data breach, yet 96% of consumers view employee negligence as a minor contributor to data breaches. It has become imperative for businesses to incorporate cybersecurity training in the workplace.  

Protecting Assets through Training

Email and browsing habits of employees can leave a company vulnerable to malicious software, which attacks company applications, social accounts, sensitive information, and possibly even give them banking access. According to the 2020 Verizon DBIR, 38% of malware found was in email links and about 12% was in email attachments. Through cybersecurity awareness training, employees will learn about policies and guidelines for safely using email, internet, and social media. They’ll know the types of links that can be clicked on, and those that shouldn’t, and the rules for internet browsing and social media usage on company devices. 

The Threat of Downtime 

Optimized productivity is the goal of every business. This can be disrupted in the event of a cybersecurity incident as it takes considerable time to investigate, repair damages, and up security protocols. Downtime, even for only a few hours, can cause severe havoc to a company’s workflow. Employee cybersecurity training is one efficient way to prevent these interruptions and save costs on repairs. 

Establish Proactive Practices

Business security programs should be proactive and preventive in nature, not reactive. A reactive program costs businesses time and money because it doesn’t aim to prevent but to mitigate damages. By viewing cybersecurity as something to prevent rather than recover from, it becomes easier to spot potential cyberattacks or scams and helps prevent individuals within the organization falling victim to cybercriminals.

Let Our Experts Turn Your Team into Cybersecurity Champions

Having a team of well-trained individuals who are keen to online threats is critical to the survival and growth of any business. The rate of cyberattacks is increasing dramatically, and the easiest way to deal with these attacks is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

KLH can provide cybersecurity training for your employees and help them prepare for the inevitable threat of a cyberattack. Contact us at 952-258-8200 or info@klhmn.com to find out how our experts can turn your team into cybersecurity champions.