“I am not a subject matter expert in cyber security and I would like to keep it that way,” said no IT professional ever. Unfortunately, all network professionals are now faced with the challenge of staying on top of cyber security practices and passing that knowledge onto their colleagues. There is simply too much information available today and too many vulnerabilities for any one person to know it all.
Which brings us to the challenge that network professionals face today: how do I share what I know about cybersecurity in an efficient, effective, and meaningful way? While there are many options available for sharing cyber security information, this article will focus on some of the best ways to teach your team about cyber security.
Determine What They Know, Then Add Some
The first step to doing this is to determine what level of cyber security knowledge your team currently has. A good way to do this is by asking them a few questions about cyber security. For example, you can ask if they know any of the top vulnerabilities that have been targeted most often in the news lately and which defenses are being used to protect against those vulnerabilities. You can also ask them to name an example of a cyber security best practice and explain why it’s used.
Even if the majority of your team is adept at answering these questions, you should make sure they understand that knowledge about cyber security is not only important but necessary. Ask your team what they know about how many successful hacks there are on a daily basis.
Just as there is no such thing as 100% virus protection for your home computer, there is also no such thing as 100% cyber security. Therefore, it’s important to continually educate yourself and others with the latest information about vulnerabilities and how they’re being exploited, as well as best practices that can be used to protect against them.
Another great way to teach your team about cyber security is by inviting guest speakers into the office who are subject matter experts in this field. This will not only allow them to share what they know but it will also give them a better understanding of how your business works and where there might be areas that need improvement. Most professionals are more than happy to help out and answer any questions that they can.
Webinars and Seminars
There are also many seminars and webinars available on the Internet today that you can invite your team to spend an hour or two participating in during lunchtime or after work hours. This is a great way for them to get exposure to cyber security training and it doesn’t require more than an hour of their time.
It’s important not to let the fear of cyber security stop your team from sharing their knowledge with others in the office. Cyber security is a challenge that affects everyone in an organization and it’s up to all employees to work together towards finding new ways to stay protected.