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Upskilling 2021, Trend 6

by Shelley Osborne, Author of The Upskilling Imperative

Cybersecurity training takes on a new urgency

As global workforces went remote because of COVID-19, cybersecurity took on new urgency for IT teams. Employees were no longer within the secure digital network of the office and many started using personal devices for work.

“With remote work here to stay, IT leaders must examine the security gaps in every part of the organization's network,” says Nathan House, CEO of cybersecurity consultancy Station X. What's at stake? According to PwC, not only do organizations with poor security practices risk financial loss, but their intellectual property, employee data, customer data, and hard-earned reputation are at risk as well.

Cybersecurity skills

As employees transitioned to working from their home offices, consumption of courses related to digital security spiked. General topics like information, network, wireless, and web security saw notable growth as IT teams of all sizes created a safe remote workforce.

What does this mean for your organization?

A recent Malwarebytes study found that “44% of respondents' organizations did not provide cybersecurity training that focused on potential threats of working from home (like ensuring home networks had strong passwords, or devices were not left within reach of non-authorized users).”

Organizations must protect their employees and bottom line with continuous security training for all technical teams and training for all employees in cybersecurity best practices. Security is every employee's responsibility, especially as they work from home. Consider implementing initiatives like single sign-on and multifactor authentication.

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