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Employee Cybersecurity Program: Themes and Misconceptions

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the simple ways business owners and management can go about setting up a quality cybersecurity training program for employees. This form of security is vital for companies today, and ensuring all your employees have the proper training on it is extremely important.

At JCIT, we're proud to offer a variety of IT infrastructure and related services, including many occasions where we've assisted clients with not only their cybersecurity setup itself, but also how to train employees on it so they're familiar and can easily maintain it. Here are some additional tips we can offer to help you out in this area.

Leverage the Marketing Team

You can utilize your company's marketing team to leverage social media, internal distributions lists and other formats that help share cybersecurity content with employees. These might take the form of instructional videos, how-to guides, tips for safe browsing, suspicious activity guidelines, and more.

In many cases, this will help boost employee engagement with the training, but on top of that it'll also help them get familiar with the information in more informal ways. For example, your employees might enjoy watching an instructional video while they're riding the shuttle on their way to work, or browsing through a how-to guide while they wait for their morning coffee.

Address Common Misconceptions

Another important concept to hit during your employee training sessions for cybersecurity is to tackle common misconceptions that employees have. In this way, you can help eliminate much of the confusion and ambiguity that tends to exist between cybersecurity education and general employee education.

For example, many employees might not know how to properly view email attachments before opening them; giving your workers a short PowerPoint presentation explaining the dangers of opening files from unknown sources or unverified senders can go a long way. The more aware your employees are of the potential issues, the less likely they'll be to fall victim to them.

Know the Risks of Lacking Cybersecurity

Finally, as a business owner or manager, you should be aware of the significant risks that come with a lack of cybersecurity training for employees. In terms of the risks you face from a business perspective, hackers can steal confidential information such as customer lists and credit card information to commit fraud. Identity theft is also another major risk that stems from not having enough security measures in place at your organization.

Another troubling threat that might come about when employees aren't properly trained on cybersecurity is the increased risk of malware. Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their ability to spread viruses and other attacks through compromised accounts or email addresses, so it's important that you take steps to educate your employees about how to prevent this from happening.

For more on how to properly train your business's employees on cybersecurity, or to learn about any of our managed IT or related tech support services, speak to the staff at JCIT today.

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