Improving cybersecurity for any type of organization requires a multifaceted approach that will be unique to each entity. However, while each business or government office’s cyber defense strategy will understandably differ, experts agree that addressing employee cybersecurity skills must be a part of any organization’s cyber plan for it to be successful. While the majority of organizations understand the importance of providing learning opportunities to develop their employees’ cyber security skills, many are unsure of the most advantageous approach.
One of the corporate learning options that became available over the last several years are simulation programs; and they offer some exciting benefits for boosting employee cybersecurity skills. Cyber attacks aren’t designed to be obvious. As a result, employees must be trained to spot issues before they morph into full blown attacks. Giving them a safe opportunity to do this is an ideal way to help staff at every level hone their cybersecurity skills so they’re prepared. And, they can also practice their roles in shutting down an attack as quickly as possible should one occur.
Simulations are also highly customizable. They can utilize your organization’s systems, threat actors, and data to create incredibly realistic training scenarios. Given this, the simulations can give a very accurate picture of where the organization is in terms of cyber defense and how employees can be further trained to address any holes or weaknesses found. It also gives each member of the organization a more confident grasp of cybersecurity in general, as well as an understanding of how they fit into the overall cyber strategy for the whole business.
This style of employee learning course also supports optimal knowledge retention. Employees are actively experiencing a cyber security issue or attack. They must work through real life solutions in order to maintain the security of the organization’s data, giving each staff member opportunities to hone their skills in a stress filled, active learning scenario beside their coworkers and superiors. They also have the opportunity to return to areas that could benefit from further attention easily.
While not the only option, using simulations for cyber security training offers a way for any business to reliably train their staff so they’re much more prepared if/when a threat actor surfaces and tries to compromise the security of the data stored there. If you’d like to explore using simulations to enhance the cybersecurity skills of those at your public or private organization, please contact us at 210.585.4920 or firstname.lastname@example.org