What is Security Awareness Training?
Simply put, security awareness training is the process of educating your employees about cybersecurity and physical security threats to your organization, how to recognize them and what to do in the event a breach occurs. The training often includes a review of the company’s privacy, security and technology usage procedures, industry compliance regulations and frameworks such as Payment Card Initiative, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and/or the Sarbanes-Oxley reporting requirements (if applicable), and how to prevent cybersecurity attacks through phishing and other means.
The most effective security training is not a one-time thing. It should be an ongoing practice with regular reminders and formal training at least once or twice per year. For companies with compliance regulations, most employees are required to pass an online test at least annually. That compliance testing can be a good way to implement comprehensive security awareness training.
Benefits of Security Awareness Training
Interestingly, 45% of employees receive no security awareness training from their employer, according to a survey conducted by CompTIA. With employees being your first line of defense against a number of cybersecurity and physical threats, there are numerous benefits to a comprehensive security awareness training program, such as: