Workforce training is essential to cybersecurity

The persistent cybersecurity threat. It is increasingly sophisticated and each day brings new tricks, and evolved old ones. The consequences of a cybersecurity breach can be devastating, from big financial losses to damaged systems, lost IP, tarnished reputations and more. Firewalls and security software offer strong protection, but ultimately can’t stop the most significant threat: your employees.

People are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain, and hackers know this. That’s why properly training employees should be a top priority for every business. And it’s one reason why Raytheon Professional Services (RPS), in conjunction with Cybersecurity Insiders, conducted a survey of thousands of cyber professionals, working at all levels of their organization.

The results confirm that training is a vital part of keeping information secure, but also showed it’s not quite as simple as holding a training class. For example, what kind of training best fits your company’s needs? Are the right people being trained?  How frequently? Where are the skills gaps in the organization? Is your existing training enough? Is it still relevant? Can you afford the cost and time? Or rather, can you afford to not do it?

Most businesses are facing these questions, and they should all feel a sense of urgency. The results from our Cyber survey speak for themselves:

  • An alarming 45 percent said their organization lacked the proper skills needed to navigate today’s complex cyber landscape.
  • Three out of every four said their company’s cybersecurity training is not effective enough.
  • Obstacles to training include the lost work time it takes to train employees (54 percent), budget restraints (52 percent), and a lack of executive buy-in (25 percent).
  • Third-party expert training (45 percent) is desired vs. training conducted by in-house employees (38 percent). But in reality, those numbers are nearly flipped.
  • Training should be focused on entry-level (62 percent) and intermediate-level (70 percent) employees.
  • A surprising 14 percent of respondents said their organization had no training at all.

To be fair, cyber-related decisions like quality versus cost, type of training, and who should be trained can be complicated. Third-party training experts like Raytheon Professional Services can help address all the key questions, while offering the right assessments and solutions for your company’s cyber training and talent management needs. These experts understand the complexity of today’s cyber and business environments, and how to tailor solutions that are both efficient and effective.

Cybersecurity is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder by giving untrained employees the ability to compromise your company on a daily basis. Training requires resources and some investment of time. But overall, the cost of inaction could be higher than you can afford.

Do you have fresh ideas for cyber training in 2019? Or are you interested in an expert partner that can deliver high-tech, tailored solutions? Start a conversation in the comments below or connect with us at @RaytheonRPS using the hashtag #CybersecurityTraining.

To learn more, visit our Cyber Security Training Solutions  page on RPS.com.