Empowering Your Workforce: Cybersecurity Awareness Resources
#BeCyberSmart With Our Free Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit!
It’s easy to help your employees to stay safe online with our free Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit! These materials are available to support your cybersecurity awareness and education program.
Our full cybersecurity toolkit includes free:
- SCORM-compliant security awareness training
- A presentation
- Email banner
- Screensaver and more
All designed to support your employees as they do their part to Recognize & Report Phishing!
(No pesky forms to fill! Simply click for direct access)
Since 2004, the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) has sponsored Cybersecurity Awareness Month each October to promote online safety for both consumers and businesses. Cofense is proud to be on the Board of Directors, so each year, we do our part to promote cybersecurity awareness throughout the month.
As part of our effort to spread awareness, we created a new and enhanced free toolkit with 3 award winning security awareness training modules to help support your cybersecurity education program. For additional information, check out the NCA resource library to learn more about how to identify potential threats and stay safe online.
Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart
Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar
Did you know that the Committee for Economic Development reported that an estimated 94 percent of businesses larger than 100 employees experienced a cyberattack in 2022 and organizations have experienced an 81 percent increase in cyber threats since the start of the pandemic? They also reported that the global cost of cybercrime is predicted to hit $8 trillion in 2023 and grow to $10.5 trillion by 2025. Human error remained the most common and effective threat vector, responsible for 82 percent of data breaches in 2022. These statistics go on and on.
Turn Your Greatest Vulnerability Into Your Best Line of Defense
While many organizations throw more technology at the problem trying to remove the human element from the equation, at Cofense we argue that technology alone will never be enough and your employees are actually one of the most important lines of defense, playing a critical role in defending against cybersecurity attacks.
Organizations must invest in employees and teach them to not only identify but also report questionable activity. Employees need to be empowered, encouraged, and even motivated to report suspicious activity. And, if something gets by the employee, SOC teams need to be able to remediate that threat quickly and efficiently.
Watch Our Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar & Learn:
- How to develop an email security program that includes positive reinforcement, real-life simulations, and a culture where employees embrace their important role in defending the organization.
- What technology to deploy to help lighten the load of your SOC analysts through automation.
- The role content plays and why having a variety of content types is important.
- How to leverage the community of other like-minded organizations to prevent future attacks to your organization.
- How to report the progress and return on investment to senior leadership.
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Cybersecurity Awareness FAQs
Cybersecurity awareness refers to the knowledge and understanding of potential online threats and best practices for protecting personal and sensitive information.
It involves being aware of the various cyber risks, such as phishing attacks, malware, identity theft, and data breaches, and taking proactive measures to mitigate those risks.
Cybersecurity awareness also includes understanding the importance of strong passwords, regular software updates, secure browsing habits, and being cautious when sharing personal information online.
By staying informed and practicing good cybersecurity habits, individuals can better protect themselves and their digital assets from cyber threats.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM) takes place annually in October.
It is sponsored by various organizations and alliances, including the National Cybersecurity Alliance, CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
These sponsors collaborate to promote cyber awareness and education throughout the month.
When it comes to driving cybersecurity awareness in an organization, there are several effective approaches. It is important to note that each organization’s cybersecurity needs may vary, so it is essential to tailor these best practices to suit the specific requirements and culture of the organization.
A few best practices include:
- Developing an Effective Security Strategy
- Regularly Updating Defensive Practices
- Providing regular Cybersecurity Training
- Fostering a Culture of Security
- Conducting Simulated Phishing Exercises
- Implementing Strong Authentication Measures
- Regularly Communicating Security Updates
Measuring the effectiveness of a cybersecurity awareness program involves assessing various metrics and indicators.
Some commonly used metrics include:
- Security Awareness Training
- Quiz/Test Results
- Phishing Campaigns/Clicks
- Performance of High-Risk Individuals
- Incident Response Time
- Pre-Training Assessments and Post-Training Assessments
- Participation Rates and surveys
The key to an effective cybersecurity awareness program is not only to educate employees but also to change behaviors, making cybersecurity a part of the company culture.