Cybersecurity Compliance: Is Your First-line Defense in Top Form?

Employee behavior poses a significant cybersecurity risk but is also a focus area that is straightforward to improve for compliance officers and L&D. Cybersecurity compliance training can easily be implemented or upgraded to build a safe employee practice through engaging e-learning and an up-to-date LMS.

Raise your eyes and look around in the office. I’m sure you will see many of your colleagues with their fingers busy on desktop keyboards or mobile keypads sending emails, chatting and exchanging digital information through lots of different applications and tools. Employees are constantly communicating and collaborating with co-workers, business partners, new contacts, friends and family through different applications, devices, and internet connections. 

The reality is, whether at work or in their free time, their digital presence is putting their organization at risk from threats like phishing, business email compromise (BEC), hacking, ransomware, and other cyber perils.

Why cybersecurity compliance is important to train

You might think that this scenario doesn’t apply to the average organization, including your own. However, the danger is omnipresent. 79% of workers report that they use digital collaboration tools in a 2021 survey according to Statista. Emails were sent and received 306.4 billion times each day in 2020, and this number is projected to increase through 2025.

Data and the exchange of digital information is what is keeping organizations alive in the interconnected business ecosystem. But everyday employee activity also means that the individual and the organization are exposed to cyber-risks. Microsoft’s Digital Defense Report shows that “threat actors have rapidly increased in sophistication over the past year, using techniques that make them harder to spot”.

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When was the last time that you or one of your colleagues received a fake email appearing to come from a business partner or your CEO with a legitimate request but was actually constructed to steal your company’s data or funds? FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reports that in less than 6 years they received complaints totaling $2.1 billion in losses from BEC scams alone.

This example explains why compliance training to gain cybersecurity compliance is an adamant requirement for business operations. But how big of a problem is cyber-threats and employee conduct for organizations?

Are you less concerned than your CEO?

Even with good IT security tools and processes implemented in your organization, each situation and action performed by an employee are equal to a potential risk, as their behavior may be noncompliant with your IT policy or cybersecurity guidelines. 

No wonder leadership teams are becoming increasingly worried about the dangers of cybersecurity risks. 47% of CEOs are extremely concerned about cyber-threats in 2021, up from 33% in 2020 which makes cyber-threats the second biggest risk according to PwC’s Global CEO Survey. – Read more

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