It should come as no surprise that cybersecurity is an important consideration for a business, which means it is important that you are aware of how effective your security practices are. Evaluating this is best accomplished by testing your team and their preparedness… but how often should you do so?
Let’s consider this question to try and find an actionable answer.
It’s no secret that cybersecurity threats are very prevalent nowadays, which means that your security needs to be as locked-down as you can possibly make it. Of all of the protections your business would have in place, the diligence of your team members is a cornerstone of your security’s success.
As such, it is critical that you prepare your team to deal with such cybersecurity events appropriately. Let’s go over a few points involved in doing so.
How often do you share training materials with your team members? Having your team sit through a morning-long seminar once a year isn’t going to be often enough. Cyberthreats are just too prevalent, and adapt far too quickly, for an annual training session to sufficiently prepare your team members to protect your business and its data. Such efforts need to be pushed frequently and consistently so that the message is communicated effectively.
When we say reinforcement, we really mean that you need to take your lessons to the next level—showing, rather than just telling. Simulated cyberattacks can be an effective way to show your team members how real the threats they face are… as well as inform you how well they’re prepared to protect your business.
In a way, it isn’t totally inaccurate to say you should only train your team members once… it’s just that this training session should last for the duration of their employment. Again, with today’s threat landscape the way it is, to do otherwise is to expose your business to far too much risk.
KT Connections can assist you in putting together comprehensive security safeguards, including those that involve your team members directly. Reach out to us at 888-891-4201 to learn more.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.