FAQ – Security Awareness

Here are some of the most common questions on cyber security awareness along-with the answers.

What is cyber security awareness?2020-11-05T11:58:19+08:00

Cyber Security awareness is the essential knowledge required protect critical information. This knowledge is essential to detect and report cyber attacks or incidents. Further, awareness aids in preserving the reputation of the organization.

Why is cyber security awareness important?2020-11-05T11:57:44+08:00
The Internet is indispensable. Along-with everything that is good about the Internet, we have cyber attacks and malicious actors. And, with the ongoing pandemic, where work from home is a reality, cyberattacks are increasing.
In this context, cyber security awareness training for employees and stake holders is critical.
When employees are cybersecurity aware, they understand what cyber threats are. They are aware of the negative impact a cyber attack can have. They also know the steps to prevent and report cyber attacks or incidents.
What are the common cyber security mistakes or weaknesses?2020-11-05T12:00:23+08:00
Here is a list of common cyber security mistakes employees make.
1. Weak Login Credentials
Some people are not that good at memorising things. Such people use the same credentials for all their accounts. Using a password which is your information, nickname can be a problem too.
2. Unrestricted access
Some organisations have poor access controls. This means that unauthorised employees have the access to sensitive information and files.
3. Opening unknown emails and attachments
Phishing emails have outlasted advancement in technology. They don’t seem to go away. Opening an unknown email or downloading the attachment from such emails can lead to malware infection.
4. Disclosing too much information
We love to share information. With the advent of social media, this has become a behavioural trait. But, how much is too much? The more we share, the more exposed we are.
5. Weak end-point devices
Employees uses personal devices for business. These devices may not have the same robust security configurations found in enterprise devices. Hence, these end-points are the preferred gateways for criminals to target enterprise systems.
How to create a good cyber security awareness program?2020-11-05T11:59:37+08:00
A good cyber security awareness program is a continuous journey rather than a one-time activity. It is a sequence of activities that disseminate valuable cyber security knowledge to employees. The highlights of a well-designed program are;
  1. It is frequent and repeated across the year
  2. It is visual and easy to grasp
  3. It is adaptive, which means, the latest threats are informed to the employees
  4. It is simple and understandable by non-techies
  5. It has assessments and quizzes to measure retention of knowledge
  6. It collects feedback from employees
  7. It is tailor-made for employees through language customisation
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