Why Is Security Awareness Training Important?
Malicious emails are up 600% since the onset of COVID-19 and organizations are actively searching for solutions on how best to implement security awareness training for their teams. Business Managers are struggling with the following questions as they consider implementing a plan to train their teams:
- How do we train our teams?
- What is their current awareness level?
- How can we motivate them to take the training seriously?
The Root Cause of Security Breaches
The root cause of security breaches is a lack of awareness. Cybercrime groups are always looking to penetrate a network through our natural weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The frequency, cost, sophistication, and size of cyberattacks have been dramatically increasing over the past few years. Human error is the number one cybersecurity threat to businesses in 2021. It was a major contributing cause in 95% of all breaches.
Phishing Email Statistics
As mentioned before, malicious phishing emails have gone up 600% in the last year. Cybercriminals choose to use this technique because they know that most companies are not yet up to speed with security awareness.
- About one in every 6,000 emails contains suspicious URLs. Phishing campaigns are among the most common tactics used by threat actors for ransomware attacks.
- 74% of organizations in the U.S. are successfully infiltrated through phishing emails.
- Phishing incidents nearly doubled in frequency from 2019 to 2020.
The bad news is that the statistics aren’t looking any better for 2021. The trend continues with breaches such as the Colonial Pipeline, Marriot, and Nintendo.
So, cybersecurity is a serious issue for organizations in today’s world. Unfortunately, even one small click on a link in a phishing email can lead to crippling consequences. The costs are too high to ignore. Security awareness training should be one of an organization’s highest priorities.
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