Social Engineering Penetration Testing
Penetration tests expose an organization’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities so they can be fixed. Here’s what you need to know to capitalize on pen tests.
Effective Security Awareness Training
Penetration testing is a great tool. But if an organization doesn’t follow up to address the human - as well as technical - vulnerabilities exposed by penetration testing, hackers will still find their way in. Remember: Employees are an organization’s first line of defense against cyberattacks. It it’s imperative that they be cyber-aware.
The Human Factor in Data Breaches
Looking back at the massive data breaches of the past, it is clear that cyberattacks are disruptions that can bring even the biggest and best businesses to a standstill. It would be fair to say that a number of these data breaches could have been avoided or minimized, if there was a better or different approach to cybersecurity awareness training.
While most organizations provide cybersecurity awareness training to employees, the results and outcomes are sometimes far from desirable. Most employees do not view cybersecurity as part of their job. Organization’s perpetuate this perception when they treat Security Awareness Training as just another box to be checked off on a compliance checklist via annual training.
Key Elements of an Effective Security Awareness Training Program
- Analyze the organization’s current program by observing the level of resources and support available to the program, the regulatory compliance requirements that are covered, and whether the program incorporates industry best practices and standards.
- Develop a security awareness program that strives to change the behaviors of individuals, which, in turn, bolsters the security culture. Top management must regularly reinforce the message to employees that cybersecurity is at the core of the organization’s success.
- Ensure that the content of a Security Awareness Training program must be diverse, engaging, and to-the-point. Remember that you’re trying to reach, not preach.
- Use a combination of training methods, such as engaging videos, animations, games and interactive content. Consider adding a competitive element into the mix. Ensure that videos are mobile device friendly so that employees can view them on their smartphones as well.
- Maintain and regularly update your program because awareness is a continuous process. A number of hacker techniques and protection methods in use today will be obsolete a year from now, if not sooner. Update your cybersecurity awareness training program at least once a year or whenever there is a significant technical or operational change at your organization.
- Measure the effectiveness of your cybersecurity awareness training program on an ongoing basis. Gather key performance metrics and indicators to gauge the effectiveness of the program and incorporate lessons learned to update it.