Information is the lifeblood of organisations, so it is imperative that businesses find ways to manage it successfully and securely. It is no surprise therefore that information security training has been rising on companies’ agendas. Rather than being seen an issue solely for chief information officers to focus on, this is something that all managers must now be aware of and take seriously.

At GP Strategies, we offer information security learning courses that align with your organisation’s objectives and educate on the importance of keeping data safe.

What is information security training?

Our learning programmes provide people with the knowledge and skills they need to manage information safely. They cover a range of different areas, including the reasons why it is so important to protect information and the various threats that currently exist. They also teach delegates how to access and share information safely, manage security incidents if they arise and highlight the data security responsibilities within job roles. In addition, They also highlight the national and international standards that businesses are subject to in relation to managing certain types of information.

Specific topics are also covered, such as; executive cyber awareness, data access management, advanced threat methodology, the fundamentals of security design, security testing, open source intelligence and operational digital forensics.

Our training programmes are highly valuable to information security specialists and IT managers who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area. They are also useful to employees working who process and share information, from HR personnel to those working in business continuity, compliance and most other departments.

What are the learning outcomes?

Delegates will increase their knowledge and skills in the field of information security, becoming more effective at mitigating security risks and understanding the technical controls they can use to achieve this. Depending on the training programme undertaken they will develop an understanding of various topics including: the nature of national security risks and the international security standards and frameworks that are in place relating to information protection.

At an organisational level, our information security training will help your business to keep control of this potentially complex and difficult area of risk management. In turn, this could make it easier to protect your reputation and safeguard your long-term success.

Why is it so important?

Information security isn’t simply an IT issue. It is something that all parts of a business must focus on. Getting this element of management right can play a major role in enabling organisations to survive and prosper. With cyber-crime becoming increasingly prevalent and strict rules now in place governing the measures that businesses have to take in order to safeguard certain categories of information, companies must ensure they meet the necessary standards.

The benefits of information security training:


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Meeting legal obligations and frameworks

Organisations are now expected to meet certain standards and frameworks when they are dealing with particular types of data, such as customers’ personal details. Failing to take appropriate steps to protect information confidentiality results in costly and damaging legal action. A major benefit of information security training is the fact that it can significantly reduce the risk of legal transgressions, helping to make businesses more robust.

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Living up to customer expectations

Consumers expect the organisations they deal with to take the issue of data security seriously. When they provide personal details, whether this information relates to their finances, medical history or anything else, they count on it being processed and stored in a secure fashion. Information security training plays a vital role in enabling businesses to live up to these expectations. It helps companies to establish and stick to effective security systems that keep sensitive data out of harm’s way.

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Enabling large and complex businesses to protect information

These courses can play an especially important role in helping large and complex businesses to keep information safe. For example, they make it much easier for companies that outsource or offshore their operations or that require full mobility for their personnel to live up to security rules.

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Preventing damaging leaks

As well as helping to keep customer information safe, these courses make organisations better at protecting their own data. When personnel have the knowledge and skills required to keep information secure, they are more effective at preventing leaks of details ranging from financial reports to product designs, strategies and patent applications.

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Making personnel more confident and effective

When people know how to handle information securely and they are able to use appropriate systems to do this, they work with greater speed and confidence. This means that these training programmes make employees more effective and efficient in their roles, helping to raise productivity.

What are the risks of not investing in this training?

Without the right knowledge and skills, workforces can be the weak link when it comes to information security, increasing the likelihood of data being stolen, lost or corrupted. Failing to invest in suitable training can put organisations at risk of a range of potentially serious problems. A company that’s ill-equipped to prevent IT systems from being hacked may see their information or data being targeted by criminals. This could expose them to the threat of legal action and cause major damage to their reputation. Businesses may also be at an elevated danger of sensitive information such as financial results or future business plans being leaked.

The knock-on consequences of problems like these include a fall in market confidence, a drop-in share price and a decline in sales. In addition, inadequate information security systems can place employees under unnecessary pressure and stress, damaging morale.

How can GP Strategies help you?

We pride ourselves on delivering flexible managed training services and offer information security courses that are tailored to meet our clients’ specific needs. From executive cyber awareness courses to advanced threat methodology training, our solutions cover the full spectrum of information security topics. All of our courses are designed to provide optimal benefits to individual delegates and employers.

How does GP Strategies deliver this training?

Our learning specialists conduct an analysis of your specific learning and development needs to identify the gap between what your employees already know and what they need to know in to manage information safely within the scope of their job roles. The training needs analysis outcomes are then used to design a learning solution that bridges the knowledge and skills gaps identified. Our bespoke approach enables us to create courses that are aligned to your organisations learning strategy, goals and budget.

One of the things that sets us apart as a training provider is our commitment to harnessing a wide variety of delivery methods to achieve the best results for our clients. We offer everything from conventional face-to-face training to advanced learning technologies such as game-based solutions, e-learning platforms, virtual instructor-led courses and on-the-job training. This means that regardless of when and where your employees require training, we offer convenient and engaging solutions that meet their needs and situation.

If you would like to find out more about these courses, contact us, or you can reach us on +44(0)8085 734 734.