What would you say is the biggest problem modern business face? If you were to ask us, we believe that the biggest threats to modern businesses are cyber-attacks. We live in a digital era and most businesses have transferred their data and information on servers or clouds, eliminating the need for traditional data-keeping. That has made them targets for hackers that thrive on unsecured networks and cybersecurity illiteracy so they can get a hold of your precious data and extort you for ransom money.
With that in mind, we’ve decided that we wanted to talk to you about cybersecurity. We’re going to talk about what you need to keep in mind, what threats are out there lurking, and should you invest in cybersecurity training, and why. All of that and more, coming right up!
What Is Cyber Security Training?
To put it simply, cybersecurity is the ability to successfully defend systems and information against any cyber threat or an attack. Putting together a solid cybersecurity system requires a lot more work than simply installing antivirus software on your computers.
Cybersecurity training is a process in which you and/or your employees will learn how to behave online, how to recognize threats, avoid them and in some cases even deal with them in an appropriate manner.
What Are Some Of The Cyber Threats That Are Lurking On The Web?
We’re not going to go into great detail about each individual threat because it would take too much time. Instead, we’re just going to name a few of the most common ones so you know what to look out for.
- Standard malware and spyware can be accidentally downloaded by simply clicking on the wrong link/email attachment.
- Phishing attacks – Guided cyber-attacks that allow hackers to infect your system and breach your defenses.
- Infected Hardware – Never plug a USB drive into your computer unless you know exactly what’s on it or unless you completely trust the source.
- Accessing company servers from an unsecured, public network
And many, many more…
Reasons Why Cyber Security Training Is Crucial To Your Business
Now that we’ve covered the basics of cyber threats, security, and training – let us take a look at why you should invest in security training if you’re a business owner.
Cyber Crime Is Here To Stay
The sad truth is that cybercrime isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. In fact, we can only expect the number of these attacks to increase in the future, alongside the inevitable digitalization of the whole business world. We’re constantly making technological advancements as a society. Those advancements are implemented in our daily life as we become more and more dependent on technology and our devices. The same thing applies to businesses. Hackers know that and they march alongside those advancements never missing a step – sometimes even going in front. Their methods are getting more sophisticated by the day and we have to learn how to fend them off.
We Need To Learn How To Defend Ourselves
Now, we know we’re stating the obvious and are starting to sound like a broken record, but repetition is the mother of all learning. With that in mind – cybersecurity training helps prevent a deal with threats, attacks, and breaches. According to panitechacademy.com, we can say with certainty how many attacks are successfully completed each day, but we’re certainly talking about thousands upon thousands. If you count in those that are being handled by antivirus software – we’re talking millions. On that note, we have to understand how to avoid being in those situations. We have to learn how to distinguish a genuine link or an attachment from a potentially harmful one. The best way to learn those things? Through cybersecurity training.
Instill a Culture of Security
Although easier said than done, instilling a culture of security deep within the core values of your company should be something every business owner should strive for. Culture of security is something CISOs have been praying for ages now, but couldn’t have been able to achieve. Nowadays, that could be a little bit easier with proper awareness training, etc. In its perfect form, a culture of security would represent a state in which the people of the company would act as the first line of defense. You can see now why that might be not-so-easy to achieve. Don’t lose faith, however!
Make Your Customer Believe In You
Earning your customers’ trust is arguably the most important and the hardest part of building a successful business. Now, regardless of how great your services or products are, if you can’t guarantee the safety of your customers’ personal information, the same information they’ve shared with you during the times you’ve done business together – your business is inevitably going to fail.
How can you guarantee the safety of their personal information? Well, it’s rather simple. If you can guarantee that no one within your business is going to fall for a scam or do the wrong thing online that could jeopardize the integrity and safety of your business – you can guarantee the safety of any kind of information.
Now, if we’re being honest – all the training in the world is not enough to stop some cyber-attacks. Think about it, if Pentagon can be ‘broken into’ – any other company’s website or server can be hacked into, as well. However, there are some steps you can take to make your data more secure and one of those steps is undergoing cybersecurity training and learning a thing or two about digital security.
We’ve kept the best for last. Well, the best from a business standpoint. So, in general, a successful business is the one that keeps earning money instead of losing it, right? on that note, preventing hacker attacks and having to spend enormous amounts of money to retrieve your data is a great business move from where we’re standing, wouldn’t you agree? Also, if you fall victim to a hacker attack, you’re also susceptible to lawsuits, since you’re liable for the safety of all the information on your clients, employees, projects, etc. So, if none of the previous ones we’re enough to motivate you to move on with the cybersecurity awareness training – we have a feeling this one might.
In the end, all we have to say is be responsible and stay safe! Hopefully, we have managed to inform you enough on the subject at hand and help you out make good, responsible decisions along the way.