By Davis Merrey
October 6, 2023

Why employee training is crucial for cybersecurity

Think tech is all you need for cybersecurity? Think again! Dive into why employee training might be a game-changer.

“What is the most cost-effective investment I can make to protect my company from cybersecurity breaches?“

A joint study by Stanford University Professor Jeff Hancock and security firm Tessian has found that a whopping 88 percent of data breach incidents are caused by employee mistakes. Similar research by IBM Security puts the number at 95 percent.

Inexpensive security awareness training

Security awareness training is a relatively inexpensive form of protection you can add to your hardware and software security layers to help reduce the risk of these breaches. Our customers typically pay less than $100/year/employee for this service. 

People are often the weakest link in cybersecurity. Many security breaches occur due to human error, such as clicking on malicious links, sharing sensitive information, or falling for phishing scams. Security awareness training helps individuals recognize potential threats and avoid common pitfalls, reducing the likelihood of security incidents caused by human error.

How does it work?

The most effective security awareness training services, like the one we recommend, utilize simulated phishing efforts and other interactive techniques to teach your employees how to recognize and report cyber threats. Some security awareness training services offer classroom and laboratory-like courses to raise awareness and knowledge of the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. Our experience has been that these formal training methods are effective as a foundation but on-going and consistent. Simulation exercises are the most effective learning techniques for cybersecurity awareness training.

Ask your MSP or other IT professional to recommend a service that fits your business. Your data and your company’s reputation are worth it.

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About Davis Merrey

Davis, is Owner/CEO of TeamLogic IT of Oklahoma City, part of an international network of franchisees providing IT support for businesses. He brings many years of experience in a variety of technology related industries, leading teams in providing technical solutions that respond to critical customer needs. The company culture is defined by its Mission Statement: “To help our fellow employees and clients be successful”.

Davis earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and an MBA in Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He serves on several business related and non-profit boards of directors.