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IT security training for staff needed

by Brian Sims

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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