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The Impact of Security Awareness Programs

 2023/12/03   IT & Cyber-Security Solutions   266 visit(s)  2 min to read




Anticipated to exceed $200 billion this year, worldwide investment in cybersecurity is projected to claim approximately 30% of total IT budgets. Despite the considerable allocation toward hardware and software solutions, a recent study proposes that the most impactful return on your cybersecurity investment might be derived from security awareness programs.

A survey of 1,900 IT security professionals by ThriveDX unveils a unanimous 97% agreement on the efficacy of employee awareness training in enhancing corporate security. Over half (54%) deem the improvement substantial, with 65% planning to expand their training initiatives.

The reality is clear: malicious actors predominantly target people, not just technology. Breaching a system through stolen credentials is far simpler than navigating through regularly updated layers of security defenses.

Regardless of your investments in cutting-edge technologies, a workforce ill-equipped to identify and thwart threats becomes a glaring vulnerability. Security training programs act as a beacon, fostering a culture of heightened security consciousness. Unveil the blueprint for a robust program by incorporating these five crucial components:

Phishing Simulations:

Test your team's ability to spot suspicious messages through mock phishing emails. Redirect those at risk to an educational page post-simulation, fortifying their awareness of phishing risks.

Password Hygiene:

Emphasize the importance of robust passwords, steering clear of easily guessable patterns. Introduce multifactor authentication, passkeys, and password managers for enhanced security.

Safe Internet Usage:

Equip your team with skills to navigate the web securely, identifying sketchy URLs, checking for secure connections, and managing web-related risks through techniques like whitelisting and blacklisting.

Data Protection and Privacy:

Instill practices for collecting, using, and safeguarding sensitive data, addressing data classification, secure storage, privacy policies, device security, and data disposal. Ensure compliance with industry and government regulations.

Social Engineering Awareness:

Sharpen users' ability to recognize social engineering techniques through simulations and training. Emphasize caution in handling emails from unknown senders and avoiding unexpected email attachments.

Building a resilient security culture is an ongoing journey demanding regular emphasis and continual education. Contact Ctelecoms to explore the path to establishing a robust security awareness program for your organization. 

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