It’s no secret that cyber security threats are on the rise.
So, what’s the best way to protect everything you store online? Well, with 43% of all breaches happening as a result of insider errors (another way of saying when a team member makes a mistake and accidentally compromises information), doing all you can to improve their cyber security knowledge is a great place to start.
Wondering how you can do this without breaking the bank? You’ll be glad to know you don’t have to spend a lot to give your team a good basic understanding of how to protect business information.
Here are three cost-effective ways to train everyone in the business on how to become the first line of defense against cyber threats.
Cybersecurity Basics, by edX
This next course helps to explain how cyber threats are changing, after sharing the history of cyber security, as well as why cyber attacks happen. It could take your team’s knowledge to the next level, as it gives an overview of the different kinds of unauthorised attacks and the tools you can use to defend against them. This course takes four weeks to compete.
Improve your Online Business Security by Google
Third on our list is a course that shines a light on the importance of privacy and security. Through videos, it can teach your team how to secure devices (like laptops and phones), along with software, networks and cloud security systems to reduce the risk of anything being compromised. Even better, it’s quick and easy to complete, as it only takes an hour from start to finish.
Be a Scam Scanner
The last training course on our list takes your team through the different types of cyber attacks and teaches them how to react under pressure. By the end of the course, your whole team should feel like expert ‘scam scanners’ to help protect your business.
Once your team has got all they can out of free training courses, government resources should be next on the training agenda.
The EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)
If you’re based within the European Union, ENISA offers the government resources for you. Designed to help businesses prepare for future cyber challenges, it works closely with EU Member States to share advice and solutions for improving cyber security.
By publishing useful videos and webinars online, ENISA shares all sorts of helpful cyber security information about – from dos and don’ts of cyber-hygiene to cyber security skills. It also has a section on threat and risk management, which can help your team prepare for current and emerging security threats, as well as sharing steps to help you prepare if an attack happens.
National Cyber Security Centre
If you’re based in the UK, then the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has resources for you. With a whole range of advice and support available online, it can help your team understand how to avoid computer security threats.
The NCSC website offers practical guidance for businesses across a wide range of topics – from how to choose secure passwords to staying safe when working from home; protecting information on social media to watching out for personal data and ransomware attacks. Plus, it also offers Exercise in a Box, which will help you find out how resilient your business is against cyber attacks.
If your team like learning while on-the-go, then podcasts are a great way to stay up to date with the latest changes in cyber security – and there are a few series to choose from.
Focusing on fun and function in the digital security sphere, the show seamlessly blends informative cyber security news and useful educational snippets.
Covering a variety of cyber security topics – including malware, data privacy, device security, and so much more – this podcast’s hosts talk knowledgeably about the subjects at-hand without using a lot of jargon.
Taking you on a journey through the history of cyber security through the lens of real hackers, security experts, journalists, and politicians, this podcast connects the dots between the early days of cyber crime and today’s stories of data hacks and breaches.
Sharing in-depth, weekly analysis of the latest stories and how they impact security trends globally, this is one of the longest-running podcasts in the cyber security space.
The best way to protect your business against cyber attacks is to make sure your team are prepared to recognise threats and react. Thankfully, there are several resources available that can help you provide them with the training they need, at no cost at all.
It’s important to remember that cyber security threats are changing constantly, so encouraging regular training is necessary for protecting your business – and the V-Hub Digital Advisers can help you put a training programme in place.
Now you’re on your way to taking steps to educate your staff on cyber security, read more widely about how to keep your business safe while embracing remote working.
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