Security Awareness Training FAQs
Security awareness refers to employee understanding of cyber hygiene, identifying the many ways attackers try to breach critical business systems or personal accounts, and how users play a critical role in stopping attacks to protect their organization.
In cybersecurity, awareness training is a program designed to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches. Awareness training helps employees to understand risks and identify potential attacks they may encounter as they receive email and use the web. Awareness training also acquaints employees with best practices for avoiding risk.
Research suggest that human error is involved in more than 90% of security breaches. Security awareness training mitigates user risk by educating employees about the potential mistakes and proper procedure they need to follow when utilizing email and the web. It promotes more secure behaviors to protect personal and organization data.
Effective security awareness training focuses on engaging today’s workforce to reduce user risk. Many security awareness training programs ignore education best practices, delivering training in one-off sessions that overwhelm users with information or worse, are forgettable. For training to stick, it needs to be persistent, delivered regularly in small doses, to fit employees’ busy schedules. Most importantly, positive reinforcement and humor performs better than fear-based or boring messaging to improve retention of critical security topics.
Mimecast Awareness Training includes many topics that are relevant to Microsoft Office 365 security and compliance. These include instructions in compliance for GDPR, PCI and HIPAA as well as training in how to deal with impersonation fraud, ransomware and phishing attacks.