Cybersecurity Training Trends 2021 | Datamation

Cybersecurity training trends reflect the urgent need for organizations of all sizes to harden their infrastructure against increasing external and internal attacks.

In 2020, some 37 billion records were compromised in nearly 4,000 reported data breaches, according to RiskBased Security’s 2020 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report.

Organizations that fail to invest in cybersecurity training are leaving their networks more vulnerable. 

Cybersecurity training today

The average cost of a data breach in 2020 was $4.24 million, according to the Ponemon Institute and IBM Security in their Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021 — a 17-year high over the history of the report. Most incidents occurred in the U.S. By the time networks are breached, the damage is done; cybersecurity training can increase an organization’s ability to head attacks off at the pass.

These five cybersecurity training trends show how enterprises are safeguarding their networks partly through comprehensive employee training: 

5 trends in cybersecurity training

Cybersecurity training will include a wider scope

Cybersecurity training has been changing over the past several years in several ways. Perhaps the starkest difference is that today, more and more organizations are widening the scope of training to include employees outside SecOps and IT teams. Virtually every employee at most organizations uses network resources to some degree, so it pays to invest in training that includes basic cybersecurity protocols on issues like authentication and access to every employee. 

We’ll also see a wider scope in terms of training on multiple devices and systems. No longer do organizations utilize single-system approaches. Today, workers connect from outside the office across mobile devices and laptops, and they typically interact with several disparate systems throughout their workdays. Cybersecurity training will widen to include every conceivable network connection. 

2. Security awareness will become a primary focus for cybersecurity training

According to the 2021 Cyberthreat Defense Report conducted by CyberEdge Group, low security awareness among employees is the “top barrier for organizations establishing…