Your traditional defences like the firewall and IDS/IPS will keep server-bound attacks at bay. But hackers don’t just target your servers, they also target your staff. And those traditional defences will do absolutely nothing to protect you from today’s most common threats such as ransomware and phishing attacks.

You probably get thousands of phishing and ransomware emails arriving in your business every day. And all it takes is a single employee, clicking on a single malicious link, to plunge the company into chaos. Within minutes, hundreds or thousands of machines can be rendered useless. Whether or not you choose to pay a ransom, the damage is done and can’t be undone.

By the time you’ve been hit, it’s too late. The best defence is not to get hit in the first place. And cybersecurity awareness training for your staff will help significantly, by ensuring that everyone in the organisation knows how to spot malicious activity and knows how to respond before it’s too late.

With the rapid adoption of home working, security awareness training has become even more important. When your people are working from home, the perimeter of your IT system now extends to locations over which you have no control, such as household routers, and home networks that are shared by your staff as well as their family and children.

Not only does such training make sound commercial sense, it’s also a requirement under GDPR (article 39, section 1B). However, creating a cybersecurity awareness training programme can be costly and time-consuming. The biggest companies in this market will want to spend time crafting a complex programme of activities and custom content. It takes weeks and costs tens of thousands.

Thankfully there’s a better, faster, cheaper way. Cybaware is an award-winning, concise, carefully researched, non-technical one-off course that covers all the basics in 60 to 90 minutes. It’s presented remotely by one of the world’s best-known former hackers and now a respected consultant, trainer, writer and broadcaster.

Each presentation of the course costs less than £500, and there’s no lengthy, costly planning process.