It’s a common misconception that threat actors, individuals behind online attacks, live outside an organization but it’s often internal employees that are your biggest cyberthreat. Whether it’s phishing attacks, poor password policies, or lax access privileges, employees are directly or indirectly responsible for more incidents than they should be.
As the weakest link and main vulnerability to an organization’s cybersecurity, constantly educating employees about cyberthreats and their consequences is critical to the success of your business.
Why Is Awareness Training for Employees Important?
According to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021, data breach costs rose from $3.86 million to $4.24 million. When employees understand the technique by external threat agents like malicious hackers, it reduces the possible costs of a breach. In addition, it equips employees with current skills on how to detect and prevent cyberthreats. But more importantly, it builds a solid foundation for a strong cybersecurity culture that will scale with your organization.
Employee awareness training comes with several challenges.
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