How to run a successful cyber awareness campaign

cyber awareness campaign

The recent Covid 19 pandemic has changed the way many of us work, bringing many of us from the office to our homes. While adjusting to this major change, new threats have emerged from cyber criminals seeking to exploit employees’ fear and curiosity. This means that the mitigation of human error is now, more than ever, essential to business cyber security. End users without information security awareness are proven more likely to fall for cybercriminal’s trickery through phishing emails, leading to issues, such as ransomware.

With cyber awareness month now coming to a close, it is a fitting time to talk about how you as a business can keep cyber security in the minds of your employees and run a successful security awareness campaign.

Let’s go through a few of the key components your security awareness programme should include.

  • You will need to use relatable and relevant content as this is more engaging to your employees. As well as relevancy, make sure to use high quality content.
  • Simulating phishing attacks regularly helps to reinforce the security training employees have undergone. There is no better way to do this then using current, real-world examples, simulating the impersonations, topics and methods used by Cybercriminals.

Engagement and motivation are huge factors that are going to come into play the moment you roll out the training and set a deadline. So here are a couple of things you can do to help get everyone motivated:

  • Visibility and awareness. Leadership should be involved and part of the programme. The training should be publicly supported and validated as being important.  
  • Healthy competition. There is nothing wrong with a good bit of healthy competition between colleagues and departments. This not only boosts engagement; it will help to keep everyone talking about it, which in most cases will inherently make them more cyber aware during the fun.
  • Provide rewards. Whether it be a certificate, stickers, a gift card or even just recognition.

Now that you have your key components and motivation sorted, here are some ways you can help users stay cyber-conscious and keep the culture thriving. 

  • Tie in the culture. It’s important to make sure that being cyber awareness is tied into the culture of the organisation rather than having them separated. If it’s part of the norm, people won’t see it as a change. 
  • It isn’t a race. It takes time to develop good, security minded employees who embrace the culture. Keep consistent and follow the steps and you will have a strong security awareness culture in time.

If you are looking for a solution that covers everything we have gone through, Boxphish is here to help. 

With our real-world attack simulation and interactive user training, Boxphish can arm your employees with the knowledge and practices they need to prevent cyber-attacks. 

Awareness training, reinforced with regular automated phishing emails will help equip users with the prowess they need to begin to identify phishing attacks, securing your business. 

Not only this, but you will be able to track users’ performance in real-time allowing effective monitoring. Giving you the tools you will need to identify areas where employees may need additional training. 

Thank you for reading and stay cyber-aware! 

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