Cyber Security Awareness Training is FundamentalSince the Internet is constantly evolving, and new risks appear every day, cybersecurity awareness training is fundamental to keep people up to date on what the threats are, how to spot them, and most importantly how to avoid them. Safe computing is important to every business because once a beach head (an attack is inside the company’s systems) is established, data, the business, and even personal safety are at risk. Cyber security training is not something you see on Saturday morning cartoons like how a bill becomes a law. It is not something a parent can teach you like crossing a street. It is something that needs to be taught based on the threat landscape and what it means to your business.
Critical Elements of Cyber Security Awareness TrainingSecurity awareness training is essential for every business. It:
- Outlines what can happen if you do not pay attention and what can happen to you and the company.
- Identifies the threats the business can experience from phishing and ransomware, to social engineering.
- Explains the sensitivity of the data the company maintains and what could happen if it was leaked.
Think of Cyber Security Awareness Training Like InsuranceThe investment a company makes to teach these fundamentals is analogous to insurance. You pay up front to teach the basics so you do not have to pay after a problem occurs. Then, you provide continuous cybersecurity awareness training (like paying a premium) to ensure that your weakest link in cybersecurity, your employees, actually becomes your strongest asset in prevention of a breach. If you see something, say something. Without that basic lesson, employees will do whatever they want with technology and the company will have to clean up and pay for the mess. And maybe, pay a fine or even be out of business.
Morey J. Haber, Chief Security Officer, BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is the Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four books: Privileged Attack Vectors, Asset Attack Vectors, Identity Attack Vectors, and Cloud Attack Vectors. He is a founding member of the industry group Transparency in Cyber, and in 2020 was elected to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) Executive Advisory Board. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust security and governance for corporate and cloud based solutions and regularly consults for global periodicals and media. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition where he served as a Product Owner and Solutions Engineer since 2004. Prior to eEye, he was Beta Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.