The internet has revolutionized how we do business. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost. Every digital business is vulnerable to cyberattacks.

As a business owner, it’s easy to dismiss the threats cyberattacks pose, especially if you’ve never been hit. The cold truth is a single attack can bring your business to its knees.

This is why you should be proactive. Implementing a cybersecurity awareness program is one of the most effective ways to protect your organization from hackers.

However, implementing this program costs money, something most small business owners are reluctant to incur. Continue reading to learn why your organization needs a cybersecurity awareness program.

Small Businesses Are a Major Target

If you thought your business is too small to be attacked by hackers, we’re about to burst your bubble. A whopping 43 percent of online attacks now target small enterprises.

Most small businesses don’t have advanced cybersecurity protection systems, making them soft targets. In other words, a small business is a hacker’s bread and butter.

What’s more, 60 percent of the small businesses that fall victim to cyberattacks go out of business within six months.

As such, you need to implement a cybersecurity awareness program because there’s a strong chance your organization will be a target, sooner or later. The more the people in your organization learn about the imminent consequences of cyberattacks, the more they will take preventative measures.

The Human Factor in IT Security

An employee who doesn’t know the importance of cybersecurity might unknowingly expose your business to hackers.

For instance, an uninformed employee could carry their work laptop to a café and use an open network to log into your systems, simply because they don’t know public networks aren’t safe. Or another employee can log into work from their friend’s computer, potentially leaving a gaping hole for an account takeover.

A cybersecurity awareness program can eliminate this human factor. Your staff will learn about the various ways they can expose the organization to cyber risks and what they can do to seal such loopholes.

Stay Abreast of Emerging Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity systems are advancing. They are becoming harder to break.

Hackers aren’t asleep either. They’re also finding new, more-effective, hard to detect ways to penetrate their targets.

As an organization, you need to stay a couple of steps ahead of the hackers; otherwise, you won’t be able to fight back when they hit you with their sophisticated cyber weaponry.

The question is how do you stay ahead of these hackers? By implementing a cybersecurity awareness program.

You see, there are many facets of the program, but training is the major one. You will bring in cybersecurity experts who will educate you and your staff about the latest IT security threats and what you can do to prevent them.

Your Organization Needs a Cybersecurity Awareness Program

A cybersecurity awareness program is a key weapon for every organization that wants to operate in the digital age. Cyberattacks are getting more rampant. You cannot afford to slack on your IT security awareness.

Keep reading our blog for more on IT security.

By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.