IT security training for staff needed

Posted On 26 Jan 2014
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A survey conducted by One Poll for PhisMe in December 2013 revealed that UK office workers do not understand basic security threats and organisations are failing to provide adequate training to help identify them. A quarter of UK office workers do not know what phishing is and almost a fifth of UK organisations do not provide training to help staff understand security threats. The survey looked at the attitudes of 1,000 UK office workers, revealed that UK organisations are taking a lackadaisical approach to security training, with 19 per cent not providing any staff security training whatsoever, and 24 per cent not providing basic security training, including induction training, classroom training, employee security policy training or phishing training. The recent spate of cyberattacks against some of the well-known brands have highlighted the significant impact cybercrime can have on organisations. Businesses cannot afford to ignore or short-change the importance of staff security training given the odds of compromise. Failure to do so can result in significant financial losses to organisations, as well as loss of intellectual property, confidential customer data, and customer trust. Commenting on the findings, Rohyt Belani, CEO of PhishMe, says:” Phishing is one of the biggest security threats to organisations and it is critical that staff are given continuous training on how to identify evolving threats. Attackers use techniques such as spear-phishing where they create very credible looking malware-bearing emails and target specific individuals within an organisation, based on publicly available information. A disengaged employee population makes it increasingly difficult for organisations to defend against advanced cyberattacks. ” Organisations that provide staff with immersive security training are able to leverage them as a line of defence and a robust attack detection mechanism, to better protect their networks. Even if a company has all the latest security technologies in place to protect their systems, human susceptibility is still one of the leading causes of a successful breach.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.