Organisations are always looking for ways to improve their cyber security defences, but they often overlook the value of enrolling their employees on cyber security training courses.

If you want to keep your organisation secure, you need your employees to know what they’re doing. 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 don’t even know are mistakes, such as gaps in your policies, ineffective processes or a lack of proper technological defences.

Placing staff on information security training courses will help them understand the mistakes they’re making and teach them to work more effectively.

Meet compliance requirements

Cyber security laws and regulations inevitably 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 laws.

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.

Career growth opportunities

Training courses enable employees to pick up new skills and gain more advanced qualifications, which will help them move into more senior roles. This isn’t only beneficial for them but also their employers. It’s getting increasingly hard to find qualified information security professionals, with one report estimating that there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in the industry by 2021.

Finding qualified personnel 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 in the job market.

Source: IT Governance