Training employees on anything can be expensive. You incur the cost of investing in necessary materials plus the time it takes away from your employees' revenue-generating activities. But what’s worse when it comes to cybersecurity training is the expense you’ll incur if that training fails.
Recent studies show that human error plays a role in a shocking 90 percent of data breach cases! Smart business owners are taking a proactive approach and training their employees on cybersecurity dos and don’ts. While we applaud their efforts and encourage all owners to take this step, research suggests that their efforts aren’t paying off. Despite their willingness to train employees, the number of data breaches continues to increase.
What gives? We’ll be the first to say it—cybersecurity training can be boring. And what happens during boring presentations? People aren’t engaged, so they tune out and miss the critical information needed to keep your company secure. After the presentation, they sign off saying they have learned the lessons, but have they really, or are they a ticking time bomb in your organization?
The latter is likely true. If you want the information to stick, you must take some additional steps—and the most important is to test them!
According to Education World, interactive activities are six times more effective when learning and remembering material than simply listening to a lesson. You can incorporate this tactic by putting employees to the test to find out whether or not they can apply what they learned.
One of the best ways to do this is to use phishing simulations. Here’s how the process works:
1. A third party creates a realistic but fake phishing email that shows identifiable signs discussed in the training. An example could be creating an email that is similar to the CEO’s requesting private information, an outside company sending a bad link, etc. You can customize it to look like something relevant that your employees could potentially see and fall for.
2. The employees are then tested. You choose which employees will receive which links and on what dates the emails will be sent.
Will they be able to identify the threats, or will they fall for the scams?
3. The results are collected and shared with you to develop more comprehensive training programs and help you identify which employees are your biggest risks so you can provide specific coaching.
Another great way to use phishing simulations is to send out the tests before the training. When employees see that people in the company are making mistakes, they are more likely to pay attention to the lesson.
It’s not enough to just teach the information! It must be learned and implemented every day to be effective and keep your organization secure.
If you’re looking for effective cybersecurity awareness training for your employees, our team has a comprehensive program that will engage, teach, and test your employees. This enables you to mitigate the risk, knowing they are working to keep your company safe. Get in touch with our team and get started on your cybersecurity training session today.