Training and raising employee awareness of cyber risks

Together, cyber risk training and a Zero Trust environment form a powerful defense duo that guarantees your company's security, the confidentiality of your data and the trust of your customers.

The importance of training and raising employee awareness of cyber risks

In our increasingly connected society, cyberattacks represent a constant threat to businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, employees are often considered the « weakest link » in IT security, as cybercriminals exploit their habits and lack of awareness to break into systems. According to the Verizon Data Leakage Report 2021, 85% of data breaches are caused by human error. In this article, we’ll look at the importance of training and raising employee awareness of cyber risks, the potential damage to cyberattacks, the training available and its cost, and the importance of combining this training with a Zero Trust environment for optimum protection of your business. A reminder of the cyber threat context: Before exploring the importance of cyber risk training, it’s crucial to recall the context in which businesses operate today. According to a study by Cybersecurity Ventures, cyber-attacks were costing businesses more than $6 trillion a year by 2021, and this figure has increased fourfold since then. 

People: the « weak link » in cybersecurity: Employees are often targeted by cybercriminals because of their habits and lack of awareness.

According to the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index report, 95% of cyberattacks involve some form of social engineering, exploiting the trust and credulity of employees. The potential damage to cyberattacks: The consequences of cyberattacks can be devastating for businesses. According to a Ponemon Institute survey, the average cost of a data breach to a company is $3.86 million. Financial damage, loss of sensitive data and tarnished reputation are all consequences that can jeopardize a company’s survival. Training available for employees: There are a variety of training courses available to raise employee awareness of cyber risks. Online awareness programs, hands-on training sessions and attack simulations can help employees recognize the signs of a scam attempt, adopt secure behaviors and take appropriate measures to protect company data. Although cyber risk training comes at a cost, it is an essential investment in corporate security. According to a study by CybSafe, companies that have implemented online training programs have reduced the risk of cyber-attacks by 72%.

By comparison, a Ponemon Institute study found that the average cost of a data breach to a company is $141 per compromised record.

However, training alone is not enough to guarantee total security: the Zero Trust environment is a revolutionary security approach based on the fundamental principle of trusting no one or nothing, even within the network.

In a Zero Trust environment, every user, every device and every application must be verified and authenticated before accessing sensitive resources. This approach enhances security by creating isolated network segments, implementing granular access controls and monitoring activities in real time to detect abnormal behavior. By adopting a Zero Trust environment, your company establishes a holistic approach to security that challenges traditional assumptions of trust and minimizes the risks associated with human error.

Together, cyber risk training and a Zero Trust environment form a powerful defense duo that guarantees your company’s security, the confidentiality of your data and the trust of your customers.

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