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Inadequate security solutions, advancing digitalization and ever smarter attack methods are without a doubt leading to companies becoming victims of cyber attacks – and the risk is constantly increasing. However, it is also evident that the most common cause of IT security incidents in companies is human error and a lack of awareness.

What is Security Awareness?

Dedicated security awareness training raises staff awareness of security risks and enables them to identify threats and react appropriately. (Find out more about security awareness, the best tools, methods and benefits here).  

According to a study, the ability of employees to identify phishing emails increases by more than 60 percent after special security training. It is important to ensure that knowledge is constantly reinforced through ongoing employee training on new security threats, technologies and best practices.

Securities awareness training courses include the following content in particular:

  • Security fundamentals: providing basic knowledge of IT security and corresponding measures as well as the importance of security for the company and individual responsibilities
  • Threats and risks: Information on various security threats such as ransomware, phishing, malware, social engineering and their potential impact on company IT
  • Best practices: Teaching security best practices for handling passwords, access controls and data sharing, secure email communications and more
  • Identifying attacks: training on how to identify suspicious activity and possible security breaches, such as suspicious emails and unusual network activity
  • Simulated attacks: simulations of security incidents such as phishing attacks to test employees’ reactions and give them practical experience
  • Incident response rules: Provide and communicate clear policies and procedures for reporting security incidents and channels for sharing security information
  • Awareness: empowering employees to proactively think about security risks and proactively take security-oriented decisions

How can security awareness be achieved?
Implementing a security awareness program includes developing a comprehensive learning plan. This should be tailored to the needs of the company - from setting up interactive online courses to regular on-site security training and phishing simulation tests.
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`` Solid and inspiring security awareness training helps to turn employees into human firewalls.``
Knowledge is Security
Security Awareness as digital armor
Whether it’s a DDoS attack or a data leak, cyber attacks keep IT departments and management extremely busy. To prevent stress, financial consequences, business interruptions and other negative effects, awareness of potential security threats and countermeasures must be raised.
Security Awareness: Important for companies and staff
Minimize human error, strengthen compliance and corporate defence
How do employees become the company's protective shield?
Far more than a duty
Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and an attack is often no longer a question of ``if``, but ``when``. Whether it is successful also depends to a large extent on the company's employees.

Security incidents can not only endanger your company and its IT systems: They also affect your workforce. Here are some examples of the possible consequences of cyber attacks:

  • Work downtime: Attacks bring systems and networks to a standstill, leading to financial losses and productivity damage, such as production outages.
  • Loss of trust: If a cyber attack leads to data leaks or data breaches, this undermines trust in the company's security measures.
  • Legal consequences: In the event of serious data breaches or non-compliance with regulations, companies can face consequences such as liability claims or investigations by supervisory authorities.
  • Additional workload: Cyber attacks increase the workload due to the often time-consuming restoration of IT systems.

Four reasons for Security Awareness
Security awareness training - whether on-site or online - is an important tool in the fight against cyber attacks. They bring a number of advantages for companies:

1. Minimizing human error: Training raises employees' safety awareness - and improves their response to incidents. This reduces the number of security issues that can arise as a result of human error.

2. Strengthening compliance and protecting against risks: Security training helps companies to adhere to compliance requirements and protects them from financial losses due to cyber attacks.

3. Continuously strengthening security awareness: Regular training ensures that employees are always informed about the latest threats. This training must be tailored to the needs and risks of the respective company. Tailored courses and managed services will ensure this.

4. Strengthening the company's defenses: Boosting employees' security expertise creates a strong first line of defense against cyber threats.

The right communication
An investment in security awareness training pays off quickly: It can reduce the annual risk of phishing attacks by around 50 percent - and yields a return that is around five times the amount invested, according to the study ``Security Awareness Training: Small Investment, Large Reduction in Risk`` by Aberdeen Strategy & Research.

According to the BSI, the following must be observed in order to implement security awareness in the company:

  • Companies and organizations should speak the language of their employees when it comes to IT awareness and use simple formulations and realistic examples.
  • They should also strengthen trust and communication: In the event of a suspicious situation, such as a malicious email, employees must be able to contact IT without feeling guilty about the extra work involved.
  • All employees must know immediately who to contact in the event of an incident.

Interesting cloud security training courses

The SITS approach is based on concise, engaging and targeted learning sessions, as this is the only way to keep participants involved. Our managed service covers all security-related aspects – from the initial set-up to the ongoing management of training measures, from the further development of relevant training plans to comprehensive reporting.

SITS security awareness training courses teach your employees everything they need to know about IT security. Afterwards, your company can count on a plus of experienced security experts.

Core topics include email security, social engineering, cloud security, physical security and insider threats. Your employees will receive comprehensive learning units that are tailored to your requirements and always relevant to practice, as well as advanced input on protecting important company resources.

Training features SITS training platform provides:

  • Diverse formats: Videos, interactive modules and tests to provide information and encourage participation
  • Mobile-friendly approach: participation also possible on smartphones to take account of your employees’ mobility
  • Regular reporting: information on participants’ progress and development steps
  • Customizable learning solution: Implementation based on Proofpoint
  • Customized training plans: Tailored to the needs of your company in terms of time and content
  • One-time setup or available as a managed service

Security Awareness: Our solutions

The SITS training platform offers three packages that are tailored to different company sizes and requirements.
Number of users
20 User
100 User
100 User
Graduated prices
Number of training
Supported Languages
Phishing module
Skills test
Training materials
Groupings and reporting
Customizable modules
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Awareness Training: Your benefits
Customized support for your company
With awareness training from SITS, your company is fully protected against failures caused by the unawareness of your staff. The SITS Group offers you a new level of human defense. Your advantages:
  • Knowledge for employees: Transform your team into a proactive line of defense.
  • Comprehensive training: Cover a wide range of security topics and ensure greater security awareness.
  • Customized plans: SITS training is tailored to the needs of your company and the functions of your employees.
  • Managed service: SITS takes care of everything – from set-up to ongoing management.

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The most important questions and answers

The regulations differ depending on the company's activity and branch. For example, the GDPR requires "appropriate data protection training for staff with permanent or regular access to personal data" (Article 47). Companies in the 18 sectors covered by the NIS2 Directive must provide cyber security training for their management teams - and are required to "regularly provide such training to all employees" (Article 20). The healthcare and financial services industries must also meet specific compliance requirements with HIPAA and PCI DSS.

In times of increasing security threats, it is crucial to raise employees' awareness of cyber threats, phishing or social engineering and to provide them with sufficient knowledge and skills to identify and assess cyber risks. In this way, companies minimize security risks, protect themselves from cyber attacks - and from the legal consequences of non-compliance with relevant regulations.

Employees can be motivated to deal with security issues through clear communication of the risks, relevant and practical examples, training with practical tips and offers such as incentives or recognition.

Interactive elements such as simulations of security incidents, quizzes and games can be used to make security awareness training more engaging. Short, engaging videos, case studies and real-life examples help to keep participants interested and gain knowledge.

The knowledge gained in training courses can be increased through active participation, practical exercises and repetition. Interactive elements, regular refreshers, feedback mechanisms and relevant case studies help to consolidate what has been learned and anchor it in the memory for the long term.

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Jonas Fischer
Account Manager, SITS Group