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Training Is the Most Critical Cybersecurity Tool

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When it comes to cybersecurity, most IT departments are stretched too thin. Simply put, there are far too many threats coming from too many places in too many forms for an IT department to completely protect itself. While there are cutting-edge tactics being developed every day to stymie would-be hackers, the IT department needs help. To maximize organizational security, all employees must be aware of their role on the front lines of the cybersecurity landscape. In fact, one of the largest cybersecurity threats isn’t external at all, but simple human error. More unnerving than phishing attacks, ransomware, and social engineering, human error is such a large issue, it’s hard to know where to start addressing it. Leaving an unsecured laptop in your car, having your cell phone stolen, or even dropping a USB stick from your pocket could all be critical security breaches. If data or a device ends up in nefarious hands, the consequences could be dire. Far and away the most important risk mitigation tactic is training. It has to be consistent and frequent, and change with ever-evolving threats. As the cybersecurity landscape becomes more complex, the entire workforce needs to play its part in keeping organizational security a top priority.

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