Unfortunately, terrorism has become far too frequent since the 9/11 terror attacks and the world faces a more fragmented, less predictable global terrorism threat in 2017. Terrorism is a broad term; cyber-security, major event security and urban policing tactics are just some of the topics covered at the Security & Counter Terror Expo this year on the 3rd and 4th of May at the London Olympia.
Paris, Brussels and the US were all victims of physical terrorist attacks that devastated 2016. The online world is no safer, as the Hilary Clinton scandal and the accused Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections outlined. Though terrorism on home soil and more developed countries are what dominates the news in the UK, the post 9/11 aftermath has also led to an increase in terrorist attacks in many Middle Eastern countries. Frequent attacks in Turkey are gaining western media coverage. Reporting journalists and foreign aid workers are frequently abducted, proving the very real risk in travel today. As the last few years has proved, the threat of a terror motivated cyber-attack at any time is also very real. Preparations and training for such risks should be made well before a potential situation can occur, so that staff are trained and companies are legally (and morally) insured.
What do companies need to do?
Companies are often left liable in terrorist and cyber-attack situations when the necessary and proper training procedures are not in place. Large organisations now more than ever need to ensure that staff are properly trained for dangerous situations which are the reality of modern, urban life in large cities. The UK government has provided an outline of cyber essentials to help build a basic guideline to online security practices.
In 2014, 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach on some type. Small companies can, of course, make small changes to prevent their cyber-attacks online as no company is exempt from training procedures for online attacks. For example, “getting the basics right” such as using strong passwords, training staff in how to make people aware of cyber security threats and how to deal with them efficiently if they do occur will all contribute to a more secure organisation, on the whole, minimising risks that often need not happen.
Larger companies, however, are statistically more likely to be susceptible to serious cyber-attacks. It goes without saying that larger companies are bigger targets. They are likely to have high amounts of sensitive third-party data that may be breached, resulting in huge compensation payouts for those affected and huge potential damage to the reputation of the organisation in the market. Barclays have been proactive in attempting to reduce these risks with their cyber-security awareness film which has been shared worldwide to train its employees on the importance of cyber-security and what they can do personally to minimise worst case scenarios for both staff and customers.
How can you provide effective training?
With the threats of terrorism not looking to subside anytime soon, engaging training preparations should definitely be considered. eLearning has broken the stigma that it was one associated with, high-quality eLearning is now engaging and uses an array of multimedia techniques to ensure that tracked results and education are of the utmost standards. Lockheed Martin had opted to use this training method worldwide with what would you do? scenario based training programs for hostile environments visited by staff across the globe.
eLearning has grown in popularity within the corporate world due to its effectiveness in providing digestible information and a low-cost rollout fee. Click here for more information on eLearning on how we can help excel training standards, but more importantly the preparedness of staff for the worst of situations that can occur with regards to security and safety.