Why do we need effective Cybersecurity training?
The reason why social engineering attacks have become so popular with cybercriminals in recent years is because of how easy it is to target employees who lack security training or attention to scams online. Over 67% of the phishing attacks which resulted in credential thefts in 2020 were due to employees being inattentive, careless, or ignorant to those threats as they came. This statistic is not unknown to businesses, and as a matter of fact, according to an international survey conducted by Kaspersky, nearly 52% of all remotely operating enterprises admit to the substantial threat posed by insufficient or inadequate employee training in cybersecurity awareness. The majority of the workforce online keep confidential data on their devices so protecting this information by circumventing the security gaps caused by the human factor is absolutely critical for businesses that value their corporate safety and continuity.
What do most security training awareness programs fail to address?
A lot of the ongoing security training programs for employees are perceived as boring, ineffective, and overly complicated by the average worker without a background in IT or cybersecurity. The commonplace training approach fails to equip the employees with practical skills by teaching them practical lasting skills rather than the plain theory that is not making the important connection by actions and consequences. These training programs are also considered to be too short or too long for employees to actually make use of the learning materials and benefit in practical scenarios. Because of all this, employees don’t find the traditional security training useful and they continue as normal, thus letting more mistakes happen as a result of the sophisticated and ever-evolving phishing scams online.
How does the Kaspersky ASAP methodology manage to address these training issues?
There are several components in the Kaspersky ASAP that make this program outstrip every other security training currently on the marketplace. One of the key points in the ASAP methodology that make it so effective is the continuous incremental learning approach which allows students to digest the learning material progressively over time by applying and expanding the knowledge within many different contexts. There are also plenty of interactive reinforcement assessments at every security level to make sure all students are equipped with the correct skills, while each unit within the training focuses on individual skills, delivered in easily digestible learning blocks. Another key component of the ASAP by Kaspersky is the interval learning methodology that they apply throughout the whole program following the Ebbinghaus ‘forgetting curve’ approach. Positive reinforcement and repetition are two techniques used skillfully in the whole training to make sure that students will retain this skill set and start to apply it in real case situations at work.
Training Topics and Levels
Kaspersky ASAP covers 8 training topics for all students while each individual topic has 4 different levels of “difficulty” based on the security level of the employee- decided by the degree of risk associated with their role. In this program, your employees are expected to learn about the protection of Passwords & Accounts, Email, Web browsing, Social networks & Messengers, PC Security, Mobile Devices, Confidential Data, and GDPR. The security levels also go from Beginner to Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced depending on the skills they need to protect corporate data from mass or targetted attacks addressed to specific profiles.
Kaspersky ASAP gives you relevant, practical, and motivating content ensuring efficiency
The bottom line of the efficiency in the Kaspersky ASAP is the learning methodology of the program, which puts human memory and the cognitive abilities of people at the forefront of their training. All content is adapted in a way that allows the employees to learn effectively and retain their cybersecurity skillset by the method of positive reinforcement, engagement, and motivation. There are also various practical exercises that students describe not only as useful for their safe behavior while at work but also as educating and interesting during the time their train in cybersecurity. Kaspersky also included many simulation-based tasks that test employees in a more engaging and practical way than simply teaching them of possible circumstances and useful tactics.
There are simulated phishing campaigns that complement the main training of employees with the practical skills needed to avoid phishing scams in real life. Your business can use ready-made phishing email templates and customize new ones for their employees to receive and train further in cybersecurity awareness by using a practical hands-on methodology, developed by the industry experts in cybersecurity. Kaspersky ASAP also gives you the chance to test your employees with a simulated attack before starting the training to assess their level of awareness and choose on next steps forwards.
This security training awareness program by Kaspersky has proven to be effective in over 75 countries around the world. Over half a million employees are already making use of their skillset and avoiding errors that could cost their employers substantial loss in capital and reputation.
We-IT has partnered with Kaspersky and we offer the ASAP training to all our existing and prospective cloud customers. To make an inquiry and find out more about the benefits of the program, do not hesitate to contact our team!