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October is Cybersecurity Month: How to guard against the 493 million annual attacks

Cyberattacks are growing at an alarming rate, but you may not know the extent of it.   

  • In 2022, 493.33 million ransomware attacks were detected by organizations worldwide. 
  • And in 2022, the average cost of breaches resulting from stolen or compromised credentials was $4.5 million. 
  • Phishing remains the most common cyber attack, with approximately 3.4 billion daily spam emails. 
  • The healthcare industry has been the costliest for breaches for 12 consecutive years, with an average data breach cost reaching $10.10 million in 2022. 
  • In 2022, there was an increase of 71% in overall attacks per week on corporate networks compared to 2020.  

Techopedia, 2023 

Knowing the growth and cost of cyberattacks, it’s critical that you understand the most important aspects of preparing for and preventing these attacks. 

Cybersecurity training and education for employees 

Educating and training employees is one of the most important things a company can do to reduce cybersecurity risk.   

Cybersecurity is similar to home security 

Studies prove that most break-ins to homes are not complex. Burglars are able to break in through doors, not windows or more complicated schemes. That is why arming your doors with a security system is a wise and cost-effective solution. Your company is no different. Think of your employees as being that “door”  through which cyber criminals can find the easiest way into your company’s information.   

Educating, training, testing and monitoring your employees is one of the best ways to ensure your doors are properly locked and protect you from potential cyber intruders. It’s important that your cybersecurity training partner offers: 

  • On-premise or virtual training sessions to introduce programs and demonstrate executive support.
  • Unique simulated phishing test emails that are tailored to staff members.  
  • A wide set of phishing email templates and a cadence that drives user awareness. 
  • Generally a bi-weekly cadence is a best practice.  
  • Emails should be tailored to address the unique attributes of your company.  
  • Security awareness training videos that are housed on a centralized portal.
  • Videos and training that will work best for your organization with the ability to track video engagement and ensure all employees receive this vital training.  
  • A remedial security awareness training program. If an employee clicks on a simulated phishing email, an automated program can provide remedial training to address the vulnerability.  
  • Dashboards and detailed reporting so management can see employees’ progress and visibility into the overall cybersecurity awareness of the organization.  

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