Reinforcing IT best practices with online learning solutions

It often proves beneficial to use periodic training to reinforce IT best practices.

The rapid evolution of technology in the last decade has changed the face of the business world as we know it. During that time there have have been countless innovations that have proven both beneficial and problematic for companies.

We've recently discussed the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, with a focus on mitigating security risks while maximizing the potential boost it can offer in terms of productivity and efficiency.

But, too often, individuals bypass IT best practices in order to accomplish tasks at work with greater ease and speed. As a result, company networks are made vulnerable to malware, viruses and other attempts by hackers to infiltrate systems and pilfer valuable information.

Preventing these types of attacks is critical when it comes to protecting the financial and private interests of both employees and customers. Unfortunately, not everyone is an IT expert.

So how can business leaders ensure that every team member understands and follows essential technology protocols? Domenic Vogel recently explored the crux of this topic in an article for TechRepublic.

"When it comes to expressing security awareness concepts, security professionals tend to overwhelm their business peers with information and best practices," he wrote. "In trying to tell them everything about security awareness, we end up telling them nothing."

By using online learning solutions, managers can periodically reinforce core concepts aimed at protecting the IT assets of the entire company. These could include never giving anyone access to your login credentials, never clicking on an email link from an unknown or questionable source and always report any security incident or concern – no matter how small.

With this approach, important principles can be communicated in an easy-to-consume format that doesn't overwhelm employees.


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