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Staff Awareness training

A comprehensive cybersecurity strategy addresses technology, processes, and people. Although people are part of the equation, they are often left out because employees can be unpredictable in their behavior and difficult to manage. Despite this, involving staff in the cybersecurity strategy is not impossible – they can actually make all the difference.

How to engage your staff

The best solution for all companies wishing to engage their staff with their cybersecurity strategy is a staff awareness program. Using training, tools, and thought-provoking activities, organizations can raise staff awareness of the daily cyber risks they face, and suggest actions and procedures to adopt to minimize such risks.

A staff awareness program should be an ongoing process that begins with staff induction, and continues with periodic updates throughout the year and/or whenever any staff-related security incidents occur.

When carried out effectively, a staff awareness program:

  • Helps companies identify potential security problems
  • Helps staff understand the consequences of poor information security and cybersecurity
  • Ensures procedures are followed consistently
  • Ensures staff are fully aware of corporate compliance requirements for security regulations and frameworks such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the PCI DSS, ISO 27001, HIPAA and the GLBA.

What staff awareness solutions are available?

IT Governance has an extensive suite of tools and training materials to help you set up your staff awareness program:

  • Training aids – engaging card games and posters to encourage staff to reflect on information security and cybersecurity issues that affect their work.

  • Customized reading material – personalized pocket guides and books about information security with your own branding to support your staff awareness program.

  • eLearning courses – comprehensive and easy-to-follow e-learning courses about information security, phishing, and compliance requirements to make your staff aware of security risks and the best practices to follow, at a much lower cost than traditional classroom learning.

  • Security Awareness Program – combines a customized learning needs analysis with the design, development and deployment of a custom awareness program. Interventions are delivered through different media, channels and formats to ensure a better fit with your organization’s needs, culture and values.