Cybersecurity threats targeting small businesses are on the rise. Recent studies show that 43% of all cybersecurity attacks are targeted at small businesses. Business leaders must stay vigilant in protecting their organizations from these threats. One step in doing so is to provide employees with quality cybersecurity awareness training regularly. Regular training helps ensure employees are equipped with the knowledge to identify and avoid security threats that could be costly to an organization.
Most small businesses lack the resources to deliver custom cybersecurity training content to their employees. Fortunately, several sources provide basic cybersecurity training content and business focused cybersecurity resources online at no cost. These resources provide employers with an inexpensive method to provide their employees with a steady stream of cybersecurity information and training.
ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training
ESET is a provider of cybersecurity software and training to businesses of all sizes. Their free basic cybersecurity training is delivered online and covers general cybersecurity awareness. The training also provides some cybersecurity best practices for remote employees. The training can be accessed by registering at eset.com/us/cybertraining.
Microsoft Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit
Microsoft released its Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit last year. A product of the partnership between Microsoft and Terranova Security, the toolkit offers introductory level security awareness training on topics such as Phishing and Ransomeware scams. The training is provided online and at no cost. You can find out more in this blog post from Microsoft: microsoft.com/security/blog/2020/05/13/empowering-remote-workforce-security-training.
CompTIA Security Awareness Training Videos
CompTIA is a provider of IT-focused training and certification services. They have developed a series of short videos covering a variety of cybersecurity topics including email phishing security, developing a password policy for your organization, and securing computing devices for your organization. Some of these videos are appropriate for end-users while others are more suitable for management and IT staff. All videos are available at comptia.org/content/videos/cybersecurity-awarenesstraining with no registration required.
National Cybersecurity Alliance
The National Cybersecurity Alliance has compiled a large number of resources at
https://staysafeonline.org that can be leveraged to communicate security best practices to employees. They provide videos, tip sheets, and infographics that provide detailed information on a variety of topics including cloud and data security, how to identify online scams or email phishing attempts, and how to properly report these incidents. Companies can leverage these tools in regular communications to employees to reinforce cybersecurity awareness.
FTC Cybersecurity for Small Business
The FTC maintains a site – ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/smallbusinesses/
cybersecurity – dedicated to cybersecurity education and response for small businesses. Content covers basic cybersecurity awareness, physical security, managing vendor security, remote access, and cyber insurance for your business. Content is divided between end user-focused and business leader-focused.
These are only a few of the many sources of security resources available to help your organization develop a security awareness and response program. Oceantec can help develop and implement a program specifically designed to meet the needs of your business. Contact us to find out more about our security and other IT services.
Submitted by John LeMay, Principal, Oceantec, oceantecit.com