Here are four simple steps to begin your employee-training program.
Step 1: Start at the top. A successful training program starts with support from senior leadership. Get buy-in by clarifying the business risks and consequences to the company of a data breach. Consider these statistics as you build support.
Step 2: Increase employee awareness. Educate your staff and train them how to handle confidential information, email safely and undertake security best practices, especially as increasingly sophisticated social engineering schemes develop new ways to acquire sensitive data. If employees don’t understand how criminals are working and how they can be targeted, they can’t be on the lookout for them.
Step 3: Test the security savvy of your employees. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Start with understanding the level of your employees’ current security knowledge.
Step 4: Follow up with employees on their test results. Constant reinforcement and affirmation of progress will encourage your employees to remain vigilant.
It takes 90 days to break a habit, and 90 days to form a new habit. A successful training program will take time, but with consistent attention, employees can be a powerful deterrent to a data breach within your company.
This is not a comprehensive guide and is for informational purposes only. Please consult your IT professional for guidance specific to your company.