CyberHoot: 10 Reasons to Adopt Awareness Training

10 Reasons for Awareness Training

Why Awareness Training?

Awareness Training is a key component of a strong defense-in-depth cybersecurity program.  If you’re struggling to justify awareness training to your company, this infographic can provide some strong reasons for adopting it.  The 2022 Verizon Data Breach Report confirmed that the human element played a significant role in 82% of all breaches over the last five years.  That’s reason enough to provide training to your employees. (Source)

Download CyberHoot’s infographic and communicate its ideas to company leadership or include them in a presentation to justify adopting an awareness training solution.  Feel free to insert your company logo in the top right corner and brand it as your own.

With CyberHoot you can learn about far more than just awareness training.  You will learn about password hygiene, why Password Managers matter so much, and how to spot and avoid phishing attacks.  You can  provide staff product training, dark web monitoring, governance policies and a whole lot more.  In addition, you can hire CyberHoot vCISOs to help you implement all of the cybersecurity best practices listed below.

CyberHoot Best practices:
  1. Train your employees on the common attacks that are out there.  From weak passwords and password managers, to the importance of multi-factor authentication and how to spot phishing attacks.  Awareness is the key to defending your business.
  2. Govern you employees with cybersecurity policies including Acceptable Use, Password, Information Handling and a Written Information Security Policy.
  3. Establish cybersecurity processes such as a Vulnerability Alert Management Process (VAMP) and a Cybersecurity Incident Management Process (CIMP) to guide your actions in the face of an emergency.  Then move on to onboarding and off-boarding, SaaS management, and 3rd party risk management processes.
  4. Establish strong technical protections including: a firewall, antivirus, anti-malware, anti-spam, multi-factor authentication on critical accounts,  enable full disk encryption, and importantly, adopt, train, and require all employees to use a password manager.
  5. Test employees on how to spot and avoid phishing attacks.  CyberHoot has released a disruptive method of phish testing that fills in gaps in your employees knowledge without punishing them for failure. We reward them for success instead.  More info.
  6. Backup your data by following the 3-2-1 Backup methodology to ensure you can recover your business from a cybersecurity event.
  7. In the current work-from-home era, make sure you’re managing personal devices connecting to your network by validating their security (patching, antivirus, DNS protections) or prohibiting their use entirely.
  8. If you haven’t had a risk assessment by a 3rd party in the last 2 years, you should have one now. Establishing a risk management framework in your organization is critical to addressing your most egregious risks with your finite time, attention, and money.
  9. Buy cyber insurance to protect you in a catastrophic failure situation. Cyber insurance is no different than car, fire, flood, or life insurance. It’s there when it’s needed the most.

CyberHoot believes that for many businesses and managed services providers, you can greatly improve your defenses and chances of not becoming another victim of cyberattack if you follow the advice above.

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Additional Reading:

Verizon Data Breach Report 2022

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