The Cyber Blog Times

How to train your team in cybersecurity

by Excellium SA

The Cyber Blog Times

How to train your team in cybersecurity

by Excellium SA

by Excellium SA

Hello everybody and welcome back to our fourth article from The Cyber Blog Times.

In today’s article, we discuss how to train your team in cybersecurity.

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Let’s dive into today’s topic!

Why is it important to train your team in cybersecurity?

Cybercrime is on the rise and you or your company could be the next victim among millions of others. Cybercrime is certainly nothing new for most users. Viruses, malware, and attacks have made it even more difficult to run a technology-assisted and technology-driven business. Identity theft and the compromise of confidential information are just a few examples of online threats. As a result, cybersecurity training is becoming increasingly important to fight computer security breaches.

To counter cybercriminals, companies have used security measures such as complex firewalls, comprehensive defence systems and sophisticated IT protocols. Basic security preparedness for businesses has come a long way from simply installing a basic free anti-virus. More and more companies are seeking help from cybersecurity consultants.

Training is one of the success keys

Training has always been an important process for every team in every business. Indeed, it helps ensure your employees are all on the same page, armed with the knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs effectively.

Furthermore, it’s key to have the right type of training for the appropriate teams. So, you know your resources are being used properly and yielding the best results possible.

Cybersecurity training benefits?

Benefits are numerous, here are some:

For employee:

  • Increases the value to the company,
  • Increases opportunities for advancement or employment,
  • Accelerates professional development,
  • Provides personal and professional recognition,
  • Demonstrates competence in cybersecurity,
  • Demonstrates that he/she is up to date on the various subjects.

For company:

  • Validates employee knowledge and competence in cybersecurity,
  • Provides references for clients,
  • Improves productivity,
  • Allows employees to develop and improve in their areas.

For the security of your business:

  • Increased security.

Cybersecurity training makes your business more secure (elementary my dear Watson). In fact, by making your entire team aware of the many existing threats, you will prevent them from making simple mistakes that could threaten your company’s security and you will improve their level of knowledge in the field of IT security.

  • Save your time and your money

Cybersecurity training for your team is also a wise investment.

With the highest rate of organizations affected by cyber-attacks in Europe, Belgium remains the favourite target of cybercriminals: 71% of organizations affected in Belgium compared to 68% in the Netherlands, 67% in France and 61% in Germany. (source Trends Tendances, 16/05/2019). For an average Belgian company, this amounts to 54,700 euros per year, six times more than in 2018. The highest cost for a company was 13.6 million euros. Therefore, the cost of excellent cybersecurity training is well worth it if it prevents even a single attack.

Similarly, the same goes for the time spent. For example, if an attack were to occur, your team would spend a significant amount of their energy attempting to plug the holes and repair the damage. That time could be much better spent conducting other functions of the business.

  • Strengthening and empowering your workforce

With employees empowered to act with confidence and awareness of the risks, they’ll be less likely to make the kind of human error that could cause a devastating breach. Moreover, they will also be less likely to waste time debating their actions or waiting to inquire with IT about a simple, basic problem.

Excellium Services training

We provide local training and certification on a range of Information Security areas, including Security Awareness, Secure Development, Hacking techniques, Forensic Analysis, Security Infrastructure and Products related competencies, Information Security Governance…

Customer challenges

As Information Technology is a fast-moving domain, criminals continue to discover endless new opportunities. In order to address this challenge, an organization must keep itself updated  to:

  • Understand new threats,
  • Define reaction capabilities,
  • Detect malicious activities.

Effective information security management combines technical skills with management vision. And while securing technical infrastructure is rightly seen as crucial, equally important human factors are often neglected.

Our Approach

We recognize that users are a key part of security countermeasures.  Indeed, seeing how often hackers exploit users in their attacks, we see training users as essential in being able to resist such attacks.

  • If you want to defend against cyber threats properly, the best advice is to know your enemy, his/her weapons, and techniques.
  • According to the learning pyramid, the student retention rate 24 hours after training is only 5% with passive listening to a lecture, but 75% with an active practice. No prizes for guessing our preferred approach!
  • Knowing a security standard is good, getting real examples and guidelines on how to apply it is better!
  • These days, application security is paramount, and the only truly effective way to achieve it is by building security, from the very beginning.

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