May 31

How to Do it Yourself: Conduct Employee Security Training on Windows 11

Protect Your Business with Effective Employee Security Training

Training your employees on security best practices is essential for protecting your business from cyber threats. This guide will walk you through setting up and conducting effective employee security training on Windows 11, aligning with CIS Control 17.1 (Security Awareness and Skills Training).

Step 1: Identify Training Needs

First, identify the key areas where your employees need training, such as:

  1. Phishing Awareness: Educate employees on recognizing phishing emails and avoiding malicious links.
  2. Password Security: Teach employees how to create and manage strong passwords.
  3. Safe Browsing: Instruct employees on safe internet browsing practices.
  4. Data Handling: Ensure employees understand how to handle sensitive data securely.

Step 2: Select a Training Program

Choose a security awareness training program that fits your business needs.

  1. Online Courses: Consider platforms like KnowBe4, Wombat Security, or SANS Security Awareness for comprehensive training programs.
  2. In-House Training: Develop your own training materials based on industry best practices and tailored to your specific needs.

Step 3: Set Up Training Sessions

Schedule regular training sessions to keep security awareness top of mind.

  1. Initial Training: Conduct an initial training session for all employees covering the basics of cybersecurity.
  2. Ongoing Training: Schedule regular refresher courses to reinforce key concepts and update employees on new threats.
  3. Phishing Simulations: Use simulated phishing attacks to test employees' awareness and reinforce training.

Step 4: Enable Security Features on Windows 11

Ensure that your Windows 11 devices are set up to support security training.

  1. Windows Security: Open the Settings app, go to Privacy & Security, and select Windows Security.
  2. Security Features: Ensure features like real-time protection, firewall, and SmartScreen are enabled to provide a secure environment for your employees.

Step 5: Monitor and Gather Feedback

Regularly monitor the effectiveness of your training program and gather feedback.

  1. Security Audits: Conduct periodic security audits to identify areas where further training is needed.
  2. Employee Feedback: Gather feedback from employees on the training program and make improvements as needed.
  3. Track Compliance: Keep track of who has completed the training and ensure all employees are up to date.

Why Employee Security Training Matters

Educating your employees on security best practices helps create a security-conscious culture and reduces the risk of cyber incidents. By empowering your employees with the knowledge and skills to identify and respond to potential threats, you can significantly enhance your business's overall security posture.

This step aligns with CIS Control 17.1: Security Awareness and Skills Training, which focuses on ensuring that all employees receive regular training to stay aware of security threats and best practices.

By following these steps, you can effectively train your employees on security best practices and strengthen your business's defense against cyber threats. Stay tuned for more tips on managing your business's cybersecurity risk effectively.

For more details on securing your business, check out our CyberGuardian Blueprint.


CIS Controls, Cybersecurity, Employee Security Training, Windows 11 Security

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