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Cybersecurity threats are on the rise, making it imperative for organizations to prioritize the protection of their people, data, and systems.  One of the most effective ways to bolster your defenses is by investing in cybersecurity training tools. Look no further than the September 2023 MGM cyberattack for evidence that keeping your team aware and up to date on the latest threats is an important part of protecting your organization.

Tools like KnowBe4 offer many benefits in fortifying your team against cyberattacks. In this article, I’ll cover five reasons why providing cybersecurity training for your team is essential for safeguarding your entire organization.

  1. Enhanced Employee Awareness and Vigilance: Did you know that 88% of all data breaches are caused by human error? Cybersecurity training tools like KnowBe4 empower your employees with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and respond to various cyber threats. They educate your team about phishing attacks, social engineering tactics (like that of the MGM attack), and other malicious activities that cybercriminals employ. By increasing their awareness, your team becomes a human firewall, capable of identifying and stopping potential threats before they cause harm to your organization.
  2. Simulated Phishing Campaigns: A phishing attack is a fraudulent email, text, or voice message designed to trick people into downloading malware (such as ransomware), revealing sensitive information (such as usernames, passwords, or credit card details), or sending money to the wrong people. KnowBe4 offers the ability to simulate phishing campaigns. This feature allows you to test your team’s susceptibility to phishing attacks in a controlled environment. By sending out mock phishing emails, you can gauge how well your team can differentiate between legitimate and fraudulent messages.
  3. Customized Training Modules: Another significant advantage of using cybersecurity training tools is the ability to customize training modules to suit your organization’s needs. KnowBe4 offers a wide range of training materials that can be tailored to align with your industry, compliance requirements, and specific security concerns. This flexibility means your team receives targeted training that is relevant to your organization’s needs.
  4. Measurable Results and Progress Tracking: Monitoring the effectiveness of your cybersecurity training program is crucial. KnowBe4 provides comprehensive reporting and analytics, allowing you to track your team’s progress over time. You can assess which employees may require additional training or support and measure the overall improvement in your organization’s cybersecurity posture.
  5. Compliance and Regulatory Requirements: Many industries are subject to strict cybersecurity regulations and compliance standards. In addition, obtaining cyber liability insurance is often predicated on initiating cybersecurity training tools. Committing to cybersecurity training and awareness will reduce the risk of non-compliance and also protect your business from potential fines and legal consequences.

At GadellNet, we believe a strong cybersecurity posture requires best-in-class performance in three pillars – Process, Platform, and People.  Training tools like KnowBe4 play a pivotal role in ensuring that your People pillar is operating at top performance. By investing in such tools, you will fortify your defenses as well as foster a culture of security within your organization.  In an era where cyberattacks are increasingly sophisticated, proactive cybersecurity training is not just an option but a necessity for protecting your team and business.

If you are interested in learning more about how GadellNet can help you improve your cybersecurity posture, contact us or reach out to your Account Manager or Consultant today.

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