Chad Quarles, CISO/Security Advisor, was interviewed for a series of blog posts from PSA Insurance & Financial Services about basic cybersecurity best practices for small and mid-size businesses. The third installment in the series discusses the importance of cybersecurity awareness training. Here is an excerpt from the piece:
“Cybersecurity awareness training is the process of formally educating your workforce about the different types of cyber threats, how to recognize them, and what steps they can take to keep themselves and your company safe and secure. The most resilient organizations have established a culture of cybersecurity awareness. In these organizations, employees are no longer viewed as the “weakest link”. Instead, they are considered the last line of defense against cyber-attacks and an effective layer of defense.
Even the most advanced cybersecurity technologies cannot prevent all cyber-attacks. Inevitably, your employees will be confronted with a malicious email, website, text message, or even phone call. A cyber-aware employee can be a very effective layer of defense by identifying and reporting the suspicious activity so that the IT team can respond and make sure similar attacks are detected and blocked in the future.
With so many employees working remotely, small businesses are becoming more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than ever before. A cybersecurity awareness program can be a cost-effective way to improve your organization’s resiliency to cyber incidents.”
To discuss cybersecurity awareness at your organization, contact the cybersecurity experts at Hartman and set up a free consultation.