By: Karen Cohen on May 06, 2023
What's The Most Frequently Overlooked Cybersecurity Tool?
Most business and IT leaders understand the importance of cybersecurity. After all, technology is the backbone of modern business.
Whether you have an internal IT staff or work with an external IT support provider, cybersecurity is likely a top focus for your organization. But, would it surprise you to know there is one cybersecurity tool that is often overlooked?
As a managed IT support services and solutions provider, Kelser works with companies across a wide spectrum of industries. While we know that managed IT isn’t right for every organization, we consider it our responsibility to educate business leaders about critical technology topics, one of which is security.
In this article, we’ll explain one of the most often overlooked cybersecurity tools, why it is so important, and how you can access it.
What Is The Most Frequently Overlooked Cybersecurity Tool?
Many small and medium-sized businesses don’t provide employee security awareness training, even though it is an effective way to minimize cyberattacks.
What Is Employee Security Awareness Training?
Employee security awareness training provides employees with ongoing education and tools to recognize and report suspicious activity that they may encounter in the course of their daily activities.
With this training, employees learn the skills they need to provide your organization’s infrastructure with an added layer of protection.
Related article: 3 Topics Every Cybersecurity Awareness Training Must Include
Why Is Employee Security Awareness Training Important?
Experts attribute 90-95 percent of successful cyber attacks to human error.
In the past, some cyber threats were easy to recognize due to typographical or grammatical errors. But, cyber threats have become more sophisticated and harder to recognize. Through ongoing employee security awareness training your employees can stay one step ahead of the latest tactics being used by cyber criminals.
Employee security awareness training turns the weakest link in your cybersecurity into a strong, well-trained human firewall.
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How Much Does Employee Security Awareness Training Cost?
Depending on the format you select (in-person or online modules), the number of employees in your organization, and the frequency of training, most organizations can expect to pay around $5 per employee per month.
How Often Should Employee Security Awareness Training Be Provided?
The more often your users are reminded of their role in keeping your data and infrastructure safe, the more effective their response will be in the face of an impending threat.
At Kelser, we provide ongoing, monthly employee security awareness training for all of our partners, in addition to offering custom simulated modules designed to keep your unique cybersecurity concerns top of mind.
Do All Employees Need Security Awareness Training?
There is value in providing security awareness training to all employees. With social engineering tactics including tailgating, phishing, vishing, ransomware, and more, it is well worth the investment to provide proactive employee security awareness training to all employees.
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What’s The Bottom Line?
While often overlooked as a cybersecurity tool, employee security awareness training is an effective tool that provides an ongoing way to keep the latest cyber threats top of mind for all employees.
After reading this article, you have a complete understanding of what security awareness training is and why it’s important. You also have a good idea of how much it costs, how often it should be provided and why all employees can benefit.
You may have in-house resources available to provide this training for employees. Or you may want to consider working with an external provider. Either way can work effectively. The most important thing is that your employees receive this training so they can become the human firewall your organization needs to keep your data and infrastructure safe.
If you are considering working with an external provider, we encourage you to check out several options so that you find a partner that is the right fit for you.
Read this article to learn the 10 best questions to ask any IT provider.
At Kelser, employee security awareness training is part of our comprehensive managed IT support offering. But, we know that managed IT isn’t the right solution for every organization and that’s totally okay.
Whether you ultimately work with us or not, we are committed to providing the information business and IT leaders need to make the best technology decisions for their organizations.
If you find yourself wanting to know more, read this article to learn what managed IT includes and how much it costs.
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