Why is it necessary for the workforce to be cybersecurity aware? Well, in a world where cyber-terrorism is fast becoming the bane of many organisational lives, it is absolutely necessary for the workforce to be aware of the security risks. After all, they are the individuals who are dealing with the digital platforms of an organisation used daily and thus, can spot any irregularities and security breaches.
In light of these facts, it is the responsibility of an organisation to effectively train its workforce in countering cybercrime of all forms, affecting both internal staff and client-facing platforms and services. When things in cyber security go wrong, it can cause catastrophic destruction to a business’ reputation and moreover, its share prices due and overall balance sheets due to possible fines for regulation authorities. With risk comes required training, and at fresh01 we have compiled some of the best ways to inspire your employees to be passionate about security through digital training.
Initially, any form of change will require motivation. Everyone in the world is motivated by privacy and even if they say they are not, they are lying. So, motivating employees for this purpose shouldn’t be that hard as it’s a natural expectancy of people to have their private information protected from fraud and theft. This is especially true in a generation where phishing, digital identity theft and hacking is ever increasing year on year.
With security issues that can affect us all personally, gaining the motivation of the workforce on this subject matter is something that can be achieved and promoted within your organisation through the right message in your training materials. If your training materials are showing the true severity of the risks involved and the consequences of what can happen when things go wrong in an engaging way (through scenario filming for example), you’re sure to gain the attention and motivation of staff.
Security is a necessary but boring concept, so how do you get the workforce motivated? Well, getting them to compete is a good place to start. Nothing is more motivating than healthy competition between departments, this friendly rivalry will improve the performance of everyone involved in specific training programmes.
A good example of using competition to improve engagement can be regular weekly or monthly tracking and analysis sessions whilst on training programmes in which departments compete in detecting and reporting the most security hazards in a month for the organisation. Gamification can be used to display security threats and the findings of the learning ‘players’ involved.
Build a security network
So, you might be here reading this blog thinking, how do I sort out all this security training by myself? Well, you don’t! You roll out training awareness programmes only when the whole workforce is confirmed as being on board with the objectives of a particular training programme. In the development stage of training programmes, ensure every branch/department is involved, as security effects everyone in an organisation not just one person, one department or one branch of a business. In turn, this will increase the overall manpower your organisation, helping further to increase the awareness of security holistically.
Cybersecurity sounds very daunting, so a clever approach is to break it into small sections, objectives and targets. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect the workforce to conquer cybersecurity overnight, it needs to be a gradual, continuous process, so be inspiring, realistic and SMART with your targets – specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-bound.
Depending on the individual, some employees may be more inclined to be motivated via recognition. So, why not offer up a mention in the newsletter or your organisation’s intranet. This could also link to the upselling security section of these five tips above, whereby whichever individual or department detects the most security hazards would be rewarded through professional certifications. This may prove even more effective than financial incentives which may be received by staff being trained as somewhat impersonal.
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