CYBER AWARENESS TRAINING
Cyber security should not be viewed as an issue solely for IT specialists. If organisations are to protect themselves from the increasingly sophisticated online attacks being perpetrated by criminals across the world, they must ensure that all of their employees understand the threats they face and the importance of taking steps to guard against them.
At GP Strategies, we deliver cyber awareness training that will enhance your employees’ knowledge of this crucial issue and will empower them to take appropriate steps to minimise risks.
What is cyber awareness training?
Cyber awareness training provides people with a greater understanding of the threats they may face online and the actions required to mitigate these risks. They educate delegates on;
how cyber-attacks happen
why organisations may be targeted by criminals
how to use web-enabled technology safely
how to recognise and respond to cyber-attacks
the terminology and jargon used in this field
These courses are intended for any member of staff who uses IT systems and may therefore encounter security threats. Personnel at all levels of an organisation can benefit from the training and delegates do not require any IT expertise in order to complete the courses.
What are the learning outcomes?
After completing these courses, employees can identify a range of potential cyber security risks and will be equipped with the skills to avoid them. They will also have a better grasp of the terminology surrounding internet security and will appreciate that internet safety is not just an IT team’s issue; it is something that each employee within a business must pay careful attention to.
At an organisational level, these development programmes will enhance your business’s defences against cyber-attacks, helping you to avoid costly and damaging security breaches. By increasing employees’ confidence and competence online, they will make your organisation operate more effectively and efficiently.
Why is it so important?
With many recent cases of cyber-attacks affecting a host of different organisations, from banks to telecoms providers, it is clear that internet security is something all businesses must take seriously. Many of these incidents could have been prevented if the organisations that were targeted by criminals had invested in suitable training for their workforce.
What are the risks of not investing in this training?
Like all forms of training, cyber awareness courses do require some investment. These courses save businesses major expense and disruption by protecting them from security breaches. If this issue is not taken seriously and employees are not equipped with the right knowledge and skills your organisation may be at risk of security breach, which will compromise anything from customer data to intellectual property. There is also a danger that hackers will take control of their systems, preventing them from completing a range of day-to-day tasks.
According to a survey conducted by business internet service provider Beaming, three million British businesses were struck by cyber-attacks in 2016, costing companies a combined total of over £29 billion. More than half (52 per cent) of the organisations it polled revealed they had fallen victim to some form of cyber-crime over the 12-month period, with phishing attacks and computer viruses the most common threats. The dangers were especially great for larger organisations. More than seven in 10 businesses with over 250 workers revealed they had fallen victim to some form of online crime last year.
As well as potentially costing organisations large sums of money, security breaches cause major damage to your brand image. The risk of reputational harm is particularly great if customer data is accessed by criminals. People want to know that when they give businesses personal information, this data is stored safely and will not fall into the hands of hackers. In addition, security breaches that compromise organisations’ systems and prevent them from meeting deadlines or providing the quality customer service expected this can serious damage a businesses’ persona.
How GP Strategies can help you…
You can rely on us for learning and development solutions that will ensure your workforce are up to speed on internet security and they will take appropriate measures to minimise any risks to your organisation. We understand that all of our clients have their own unique requirements when they are looking for cyber awareness training, which is why we offer flexible, tailored solutions. Our training is designed to meet the specific priorities of your employees and the objectives of your organisation as a whole.
To help us establish which learning solution will work best for your organisation and employees, we will conduct a detailed analysis of your training needs. Following this, we will design, develop, implement and evaluate a cyber awareness training programme that empowers your employees to keep your organisation safe online.
As well as providing a range of training delivery methods, we will can regionalise our cyber awareness courses to suit the preferences and needs of your business.
Call our learning experts today on +44(0)8085 734 734 or contact us to find out more about our training and business consulting services.