A version of this blog was originally published on 31 October 2018.
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective. When management look into cyber security improvements, they often focus on the latest technological defences. However, staff training can be just as beneficial – and costs a fraction of the price.
Anyone interested in a career in cyber security should urge their bosses to enrol them on a training course. Here are three ways it will help you and your organisation.
- It reduces the risk of data breaches
Almost all data breaches are caused by a mistake somewhere in the organisation. That doesn’t only mean negligence – it could also be mistakes that you aren’t even aware of, such as gaps in your policies, ineffective processes or a lack of proper technological defences.
Training will help staff understand the mistakes they’re making and teach them to work more effectively. This is especially useful if you intend to commit to a framework such as ISO 27001, the international standard for information security. Training courses will teach you how to understand and follow the Standard’s specific requirements.
- Meet regulatory compliance requirements
Cyber security laws and regulations contain complex requirements, so organisations need employees with specialist knowledge to achieve compliance. For example, organisations that are required to appoint a DPO (data protection officer) under the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) must find someone with an in-depth understanding of data protection law.
The stakes associated with the position are huge: if the DPO doesn’t perform their tasks in accordance with the GDPR’s requirements, the organisation is liable to face regulatory action. It’s therefore paramount that the DPO is given every resource available to do their job properly, and training courses should always be sought where possible. They are not only the quickest way of studying but also usually include exams, which reassures employers that the individual is qualified.
- Career growth
Training courses enable employees to pick up new skills and gain more advanced qualifications, which will help them move into more senior roles, benefitting both them and their employers.
Finding qualified information security professionals is increasingly difficult, with one report estimating that there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in the industry by 2021.
This isn’t the only problem. A small pool of skilled workers also means job candidates can command a higher salary and more benefits. As such, organisations might not be able to afford qualified professionals even if they can find them.
They should therefore do whatever they can to support employees who want to go on training courses. Organisations will almost certainly benefit from the extra knowledge, and it eases the pressure of finding skilled personnel externally.
Which course is right for you?
Cyber security is a broad industry, so you need to decide which area suits you best. Here are some of our most popular training courses:
Knowledge of ISO 27001 is an absolute must for anyone who handles sensitive data. We offer several ISO 27001 online training courses, including a Foundation course that provides a solid introduction to the Standard, and Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor courses for those looking to develop their skills further.
The GDPR is the most significant update to information security law in more than 20 years. Any organisation that handles EU residents’ personal data – even those based outside the EU – must comply with its requirements.
Our Certified EU GDPR Foundation Distance Learning Training Course will familiarise regular staff with the Regulation, while senior staff will benefit from our Certified EU GDPR Practitioner Distance Learning Training Course.