Regular Security Awareness Training is Key

To avoid cyber attacks, your employees are your most important line of defense. Through regular security awareness training, users are less likely to allow malicious software onto their work and personal devices.

Still, employee training remains inadequate at a typical maximum of once per year, and in some cases, is non-existent. Companies that are prepared with the proper tools to fight cyber attacks have well-trained employees who can recognize what a phishing attack looks like and learn from their mistakes, should they get tricked by the bad guys. By simply educating employees, your organization is better able to reduce the number of security threats that reach your network in the first place, thereby dramatically reducing risk and improving security confidence.

So how often is often enough? Experts say end-user training should be conducted a minimum of once per year, but preferably on a quarterly basis. With a quarterly training schedule, new threats can be discussed and new employees can be included for greater training coverage.

Because they store critical data and their ability to pay large ransom payments, businesses will increasingly be the primary target for ransomware, malware and phishing attacks. Organizations that train their employees and have guidelines in place to deal with cyber attacks can dramatically reduce their risk.

Additionally, organizations can more effectively deal with cyber attacks by taking these actions:

  • Understand the risks your organization faces

  • Develop policies to deal with them

  • Keep all systems up-to-date

  • Engage recent backups

  • Implement anti-phishing and anti-ransomware solutions

  • Use threat intelligence

  • Conduct end-user training & behavior best practices

For more information on end-user training, contact ProActive Information Management at

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