Internet security company ESET East Africa has announced the availability of free cybersecurity training for businesses and their employees in Kenya.
The ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training course that will be offered over the internet aims at enabling firms to curb the impact of cyber attacks and data breaches that are becoming more severe to business operations around the world.
A recent survey by ESET in its North American markets found that more than 30 percent of people polled have never received any cyber training or education in their workplace, even though majority of cyber breaches are caused by employee errors and ommissions.
About 52 percent of data and information security breaches globally are caused by human error, pointing to a glaring need for cybersecurity training and awareness within organizations. On the other hand, cybersecurity training can cost hundreds of thousands of shillings per person, depending on topics, company size, and subscription plans offered.
“We know that this ratio is much higher in East Africa and possibly worse across the continent. Businesses, especially SMEs that lack resources to provide even basic training now have an easier way to ensure their employees get the cybersecurity awareness they need, while meeting compliance requirements“, explained Teddy Njoroge, ESET Country Manager for Kenya.
IT professionals, small business owners and others can sign up to access the modules anytime online. Modules in the ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training include: web and email protection, how to spot phishing emails, password best practices, social engineering, two-factor authentication and Internet of Things (IoT) security.
All topics in the training are core and need to know for all employees. They are explained in user-friendly language, and can be completed in under 90 minutes. On completion employees will be expected to report to their manager and receive a certificate of completion.
The announcement by ESET, which is marking its 30th anniversary in the Internet security services industry, comes just a month after the globally devastating WannaCryptor Ransomware attack which crippled hundreds of organizations while shutting down over 200,000 computers around the globe.
“A simple but successful cyberattack or data breach, can be devastating with impacts such as litigation, increased insurance premiums, among other reputational issues. All these can directly affect the company’s bottomline, and for this reason, training employees on cyber security best practices is a must“, concluded Njoroge.