Remote working has now become an integral part of the modern work culture. This has unfortunately increased the number of cyberattacks significantly. Unfortunately, most companies while have transitioned to a work from environment, have not successfully implemented proper cybersecurity policies. According to a survey report, only about 33 percent of organizations have cybersecurity policies and bout 27 percent mandated their staff to participate in cybersecurity training. It is critical for L&D Departments to include cybersecurity training in their LMS programs to ensure that employees do not become victims of any type of cyberattacks.
Training programs of most organizations contain a lot of important and sensitive data. These might include, certain best practices, licensed information, techniques or processes that provide them the competitive edge, vendor information and many more.
Protection of this data and information from cybersecurity attacks is a necessary aspect when choosing or designing and LMS solution.
Updating your staff with the right cybersecurity training will help in protecting sensitive company information and avoid any data theft or hacking. Employees should be aware of certain measures and steps they can take to avoid such mishaps. Even LMS programs are subject to cybersecurity threats and it’s imperative that these training programs must be secured.
Below are some measures that can help you to protect your LMS programs from cybersecurity threats.
Stay Away from Unsecured Networks
Employees and L&D professionals should be aware to avoid browsing or accessing work related systems via unsecured networks. While this information sounds like an obvious fact, many individuals are surprisingly unaware of it. According to a news report, approximately 60 percent of people assume that their information is safe on public networks.
Ensure that the LMS programs do not get accessed in public places with have free wi-fi, like cafes, hotels, etc. These places have unsecured networks and can pose a threat to the devices being used and the data within it. This also applies to employees working from home. Employees must make sure their home networks are secure and invest in purchasing new routers that offer higher security.
Use Software Approved by the Organization
With remote working becoming the “new norm”, companies are now more reliant on various software to aid them in assisting in their operations and communications. But not all software are safe and secure. Using an application with a weak security could result in breaches.
If companies adopt technologies that might not be secure to avoid incurring higher costs, it could result in the attacker being able to access employee credentials, learn about company best practices and training techniques, and can sell that data to rival organizations. Therefore, LMS programs should be integrated with software that employ that is secure and difficult to hack.
Define a Protocol for Security Concern
Even if an organization installs the best software and security applications, there is no guarantee that they will be completely invulnerable to cyberattacks. Over the years there have been plenty of examples of even large MNCs that have fallen prey to cybersecurity attacks.
It is important for the organization as well as the L&D department to implement a security concern protocol. This will help in employees reaching to the management if they think that their account might have been hacked or accessed without their permission. This information is highly important for new hires since they might not be completely acclimatized with the company’s security policies.
The LMS program should provide data such as system access timestamp, device ID etc. for both the employees and the manager to be able to view if the applications were accessed illegally. This allows for the network security team to take a more rapid action and resolve it immediately.
Do Not Access Unsecured Websites
Just like unsecured networks, unsecured websites also are a very common threat to cybersecurity. Most of these websites may not be malicious in nature, they generally do not possess end to end encryption. This allows hackers to steal any sensitive information that was entered in those websites such as passwords.
A good LMS program should be secure and should have a padlock symbol next to the URL of their website. Additionally, the LMS program must also have HTTPS rather than HTTP in their URL. These indicators can signify that the LMS program is secure and will not be easily hacked.
Provide Training on Social Engineering Scams
Social engineering in simple terms is manipulating unsuspecting individuals to disclose sensitive information. The type of information can vary, but they usually scam you into giving details such as passwords, bank account details etc.
LMS programs should incorporate training that inform the employees about these types of scam. Employees should avoid any suspicious links received via mails. If any unknown employee contacts you and tries to ask about your password, do not disclose the information. Ideally mandate to create unique passwords for accessing the LMS platforms.
Major Cybersecurity attacks are human error related. If pre-emptive steps are taken, you can reduce the chances of these attacks drastically. LMS programs that implement these measures stand a better chance of protecting their data.
KloudLearn provides a robust intuitive training module that is secure from cybersecurity threats. If you want to provide an online enterprise training solution without having to worry about the data being hacked, then schedule a demo with us to know more.