Security Training for Hybrid Workers

3/29/2022

hybrid-1.jpgMany companies see education as the prime strategy for bolstering their organization’s cybersecurity posture in today’s post-pandemic era of the hybrid workforce.
Consider these statistics from the latest “State of Cybersecurity” study from IT industry association CompTIA:
  • 43% of companies surveyed cited the accelerated shift to remote work as impetus for revisiting security policies and practices.
  • More than a third of respondents also said they place higher priority on security education now than in past years, with 45% of midsize businesses and 36% of small firms reporting this heightened approach.
Today’s technology processes require “security-first thinking in the overall workforce,” the CompTIA report noted. “Unless there is buy-in throughout the organization, the process of security will break down, leaving the business exposed.”
How can you encourage security-first thinking among your hybrid workers?
We offer three tips:
  1. Train for “outside in” vigilance at every level. Cybercrooks typically attack via network endpoints, namely laptops, tablets and smartphones. And in today’s highly mobile work environment, any member of your staff at any level could be operating on any of these devices at any time from any place on your network perimeter. This awareness should always be top of mind for these remote workers.
  2. Train as standard operating procedure. Build cybersecurity training into new-hire orientations, HR onboarding processes and other company communications—and require regular refresher courses.
  3. Emphasize ongoing learning. Bad actors constantly study, learn and innovate. So should the good ones.
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