Cyber security awareness training is a fundamental part of securing modern businesses. When we break security controls down to their fundamental components, they comprise of people, processes, and technologies.
Cyber criminals will look for any weakness when attempting to compromise businesses, and naturally, people are the most accessible and also the most commonly exploited. By training employees to be cyber-safe, we can protect them and, by proxy, our businesses. Let’s delve into the three types of security awareness training that can be delivered.
Security Awareness Training For The General Workforce
This type of training is what every employee should receive during their employment (with periodic refresher training). Some examples of this type of training include phishing training, situational awareness training, privacy awareness training, insider threat training, secure internet browsing, and more.
These training modules are designed to help employees be more cyber-aware during the course of their day-to-day job and make it less likely that a cyber criminal is able to exploit them as part of a social-engineering attack.
Security Awareness Training For Technical Employees
This type of training is designed for a subset of employees, such as IT administrators and software developers. Some examples of this type of training include secure software development training and privileged user training.
These training modules are designed to ensure technical employees know the importance of industry best practices and are also following them. Following these best practices can help to reduce the overall attack surface of a business and ensure that there aren’t unnecessary technology or process-related weaknesses that a cyber criminal can exploit.
Security Awareness Training For Compliance
This type of training is designed for all employees but only relates to businesses operating in specific industries or geographic regions where regulations or compliance frameworks need to be adhered to. Some examples of this type of training include secure credit card handling training, GDPR fundamentals training, ISO 27001 fundamentals training, SOC 2 fundamentals training, and more.
These training modules are designed to outline each employee's obligations when it comes to adhering to these regulations and compliance frameworks. While the immediate goal of these training modules is compliance-focused, the end goal is a more cyber-secure workforce.