The Importance of Security Awareness Training and How to Get Started

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The number and sophistication of cyber threats attacking businesses continue to increase. While some companies may feel they’re not at risk or that their security measures are adequate, this isn’t always the case. A successful cyber attack can result in the loss of valuable data, money, and even customer trust.

Because of the advanced methods cyber criminals are adopting, employees are becoming more susceptible to their tactics. Human error is the leading cause of data breaches, at a startling 85%. Employees may lack basic security awareness training, and are therefore unaware of the latest cyber threats and how to protect themselves from them.

We’ll discuss the benefits that come from integrating network security training into your cybersecurity infrastructure and how to get started.

What is Security Awareness Training?

Security awareness training is an educational resource that helps employees learn how to protect themselves and their company from cyber threats through presentations, online modules, seminars, guided attack simulations, or field experts.

Through classes and simulated threats, it helps employees become aware of hacker tactics that can target a company’s network. Education and prevention is a strategic move for companies across industries, as the cost of reparations from cyber attacks has increased 72% over the last five years.

Security awareness training is beneficial because it gives employees tips on how to protect themselves from attacks like malicious email links or other destructive threats and gives them the chance to practice their skills. It also teaches employees what to do if they suspect their company has been the victim of a cyber attack.

What Does Security Awareness Training Cover?

Topics that security awareness training covers might include:


Malware is a type of software that’s designed to damage or disable computers and computer systems. It can spread through a number of methods, including email attachments and infected websites. Once installed, malware can delete files and steal data.


Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses fraudulent emails or websites to steal personal information from users. The goal of a phishing attack is to trick users into revealing their login credentials, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information. Phishing emails are often designed to look like they’re from legitimate companies or organizations, so taking precautions is vital.


Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files on a computer or network. The user is then prevented from accessing the files until they pay a ransom to the attacker. Ransomware can be very destructive, as it can damage or delete files on a computer. In some cases, ransomware can also lock users out of their computers.

Other Cybersecurity Topics 

Additional cybersecurity topics covered in security awareness training might include:

  • Social Engineering
  • Cloud Security 
  • Email Security 
  • Mobile Device Safety 
  • Password Best Practices 

Partner With an IT Provider Who Can Help 

When it comes to security awareness training, partnering with an IT provider can be extremely beneficial. An IT provider can create and implement a security infrastructure that is tailored specifically to your company’s needs, and help your employees learn techniques of keeping your data secure.

eMDTec can provide ongoing support and manage your company’s security needs so that you can focus on running your business. Contact us today to optimize your cybersecurity!