Most businesses say that the people who work for them are their biggest asset, so why allow people to be the biggest risk. When it comes to protecting your business against cyber-attacks, your workforce should be empowered with knowledge and tools to proactively protect the business..

Vladislav Botic, CEO of The RANt Group says a culture shift is needed that requires business owners and executives to change their mindset when it comes to reducing operational risk and that means investing in thorough staff training.

Vulnerability management isn’t just about getting some new technology in to tick the boxes, it’s about training your staff and incorporating best practice within the entire infrastructure of your business.

We should be calling into question business owners and executives; are your employees really the most important part of your business? If so, then prove it. I’m yet to sit in a board meeting where people discuss how valuable training is and how people are doing, it’s all about the numbers and that needs to change.

We can easily be lulled into a false sense of security when advanced data safeguarding and other protection tools are implemented within our businesses. However, while advanced software can be incredibly helpful in the fight against breaches and data theft, businesses shouldn’t rely on cybersecurity software solutions alone, they need to put time and effort into proper security training for their staff.”

Understanding – Context is everything

One of the most important steps is to make sure employees understand how critically important cybersecurity training is. While your workers may well be aware of different types of attacks, they need to truly understand the importance of data protection and how it might impact them and the business.

Awareness – A key ingredient

The cyber world is constantly changing, with risks to businesses growing and evolving on a daily basis. Make sure your workforce is regularly made aware of the most common and current threats, the impact it could have on the business and how to prevent them.

Inclusiveness – Don’t forget that supply chain

It’s not just regular employees that can fall victim to social engineering, phishing and other hacking tactics. Anyone who has access to your company’s key platforms, including contractors and service providers, could present an operational risk. Ensure security training is extended across your entire business infrastructure.

For help and advice about best practice for employee cybersecurity training and the role advanced software solutions and a managed security service can play in reducing your company’s operational risk, contact The RANt Group.

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