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Benefits of Cybersecurity Awareness Training

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Benefits of Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The Power of Cybersecurity Training: Safeguarding Your Digital Assets

In an increasingly interconnected world, where cyber threats loom large, threat actors are smarter than ever, and data breaches make headlines. To combat this threat, we must take proactive measures to protect our digital assets. Cybersecurity training, in general, plays a pivotal role in equipping us with the knowledge and skills necessary to defend against cyberattacks, and maintain a more secure digital environment.

In 2021, 98% of cyberattacks relied on social engineering. According to PurpleSec (2021)

Social Engineering is a category of cyber threats focused on humans and their social behaviors. Right now, Social Engineering is the most prevalent attack vector because it preys on the uneducated person’s “likely” behaviors. Hackers use these behaviors to gain access to your systems and assets. The key to combating these Social Engineering threats is to educate, and thereby change that behavior.

In this article, we explore the compelling benefits of Cybersecurity Awareness Training as a tool to combat Social Engineering threats, and how they can provide measurable value in securing your organization.

Heightened Awareness and Threat Recognition

Cybersecurity Awareness Training serves as a powerful tool to educate your organization about the various types of cyber threats and attack vectors that they are exposed to. By educating on the latest techniques used by hackers, your staff becomes more adept at recognizing potential threats. These threats include phishing emails, malware, or social engineering attempts. Recognizing these threats means faster detection and reporting of suspicious activities, mitigating the risk of successful cyberattacks.

Social Engineering Cyberattack Vectors

Exercising and Testing Knowledge

It’s critical to understand where your organization is in terms of Cybersecurity Awareness. Providing knowledge is the first step to increasing that awareness. But, exercising that knowledge is what really changes the behavior. The best way to exercise is through real world testing.

An effective CyberSecurity Awareness Training program includes the periodic testing of users with safe Social Engineering attacks, such as phishing emails, to record their actual behavior. Did the user click the link, or did the follow protocol and report it to the Security Team? Or did they at least delete it? Measuring the results of these exercises across your organization will give you the insights you need to continuously improve your stance against cyberattack.

Reducing Vulnerabilities and Improving Response

It’s not a matter of IF you will be hacked. It’s a matter of when. What is critical is how quickly and effectively you respond when it happens.

A well-trained workforce is a crucial line of defense against cyber threats. Cybersecurity Awareness Training equips your organization with the skills not only to identify the threats, but respond to them when they happen. And eventually, they will happen.

Another fundamental part of Cybersecurity Awareness is understanding the risks associated with the digital endpoints, a.k.a. the Desktops, Mobile Devices, Servers, and Online Services that are the foundations of your digital footprint. Understanding the importance of basic security fundamentals as password protection, timely patching, and regular backups is paramount. By exercising these fundamentals, your team contributes to a proactive security culture, and thereby reduce risk. Adopting automation tools and having dedicated resources to enforce behavior is the key.

Furthermore, training modules on incident response enable organizations to minimize the impact of an attack by swiftly containing and remedying the breach, mitigating potential financial and reputational damages.


Cybersecurity training is a pillar in safeguarding your organization against ever-evolving threats. By increasing awareness, strengthening defense strategies, and reducing vulnerabilities, organizations and individuals can significantly reduce the risks associated with cyberattacks. Investing in comprehensive cybersecurity training programs not only protects sensitive data, but also instills a “security-first” mindset among your staff. Remember, when it comes to cybersecurity, knowledge is power, and training is the key to unlocking it.

When it comes to cybersecurity, knowledge is power, and training is the key to unlocking it.

If you would like to discuss your current Cybersecurity posture, we are here to help. To get a no obligation consultation with a CMHWorks Cybersecurity expert, please feel free to reach us at  Take a look at some of the managed security solutions we offer here.

Additional Information

IT Security Primer for SMBs

How big of a deal is IT Security for SMBs?

No business is too small. Small and mid-sized businesses are the number one targeted segment of cybercrime. It’s not a question of if you will be attacked, it’s a question of when.​

SMB IT Security


HackerU Cybersecurity

American University and Hacker U Select CMHWorks as a Hiring Partner

American University & HackerU has chosen CMHWorks as a recruitment partner to consider candidates who have completed their Cybersecurity Security Professional Program. With the threat of cyberattacks on the rise, the program recognizes how appealing an IT Professional with a Cybersecurity knowledge base can be to a company like CMHWorks.

Washington, DC – July, 12, 2021. Israel’s premier digital skill and cybersecurity institute, HackerU, has been partnering with educational institutes worldwide, currently in 12 countries. In 2019, HackerUSA, a subsidiary, has partnered with American University, based out of Washington, DC.

According to Bryan Gulcin, Business Relations Manager at HackerUSA in recent LinkedIn post,

“We are happy to collaborate with CMHWorks and add them to American University‘s and HackerU‘s growing list of hiring partners!”

Mike Harvey, founder and principal owner of CMHWorks, has more than 30 years of experience as a Technology and Operations executive with broad experience in enterprise technology strategy, development, implementation, and management. He founded CMHWorks, LLC in 2014 to provide Technology Services and Support to public and private sector clients.

Cyber Security in an Increasingly Digital Workforce

On December 14, 2020 the NY Times published the article Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect.

The breach of the software, known as SolarWinds, was so alarming that an order went out directing confirmation the software was no longer in use, by Monday. Yes, Monday. 

The U.S. Government is a gigantic bureaucracy. Time is measured in years or decades. Demanding anything be done in under a week is itself unprecedented. 

It took place during COVID. Another thing going on during COVID was unparalleled use of the internet for working remotely. As millions of workers, government and otherwise logged in each morning to collaborate remotely, the Russians were turned in. Oh, and the Chinese (CCP) were too.  

A September 2020, NYTimes report, China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says reported “a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims.” 

This is massively disconcerting to any U.S. business working online. The threat is particularly grave for tech companies. Russia and China have been stealing U.S. technology for decades. A quick comparison of airplanes manufactured by either country illustrates how much these two superpowers like to copy American ideas and hardware. 

If you have remote work sites, you are at greater risk than you if all your computer infrastructure is in-house. We recommend steps to help mitigate the threat while you figure out long term fixes.  

At a minimum, run your network thorough a VPN service. It gives you encrypted connectivity to the and prevents easy identification of your physical location when online. Be ever more wary of unexpected or hard to identify communications.  

Until organizations can install the hardware needed for more secure remote workplaces (often homes), the organizational culture needs to be one of caution at a level above what was commonplace when staff was on under the company’s roof.   

Due on another dude's shoulders

The Five Cs for the Remote Workforce

75% of small to medium sized business owners say they’ll continue remote work options long term. Tech firm CMHWorks was already 100% remote before COVID. How did it work during the crisis? At CMHWorks we reviewed the impact of the changes in the business landscape and resoundingly agreed the following concepts were keys for us in 2020 and will continue to be in 2021.Here’s what we found.

The Five C’s of 2020

If you take away nothing else from 2020, here are five considerations we call the Five Cs we suggest every business consider in its 2020 strategy planning: 

  1. CultureHaving everyone engaged is critical. Think about all the employee issues managers deal with. Now consider dealing with those issues day-to-day with staff you don’t often (or ever) meet with in-person. Moreover, your company’s ability to instill or maintain the cultural vision, principles and behaviors when your staff is rarely, if ever, physically together in critical.
  2. ControlsAll policies, practices and procedures need to be reviewed and brought in line with the remote reality. Address these things now or address them in mediation later. 
  1. CostsCost control is critical. Give no one a blank check for equipment, software, subscription services, etc. Have your team devise best practices and how to implement well considered goals. 
  1. CustomersDon’t forget your clients/customers. Access to staff may be altered greatly. Clients accustomed to face-to-face dialog may balk at using video chat. Be understanding of their needs and explain the purpose of new measures. Stress relevant benefits such as drive time savings.  
  2. Cyber SecurityImplement stringent and appropriate cyber security protocols to protect your intellectual property. Your business’s assets and communications are at more risk than ever beforenot due to the pandemic, but due to internationals corporate espionage primarily at the hands of bad actors like China and Russia.  

Key Takeaways

Make no mistake, a remote workforce can produce significant challenges to the execution of day-to-day operations if not designed and managed correctly. Approach these challenges now, not when the company drives off the rails of common internet security practice. 

All of these are shared challenges. Your competition must deal with them as well. Therein you can also find opportunity. Protect your staff and assets. Value your customers. Be smart about communication technology and do business in the ways of tomorrow. One thing for sure. “we’ve always done it this way” should never be spoken in a company meeting ever again. 

Correct Your Information Security Posture

InfoSec Essentials on A Budget — Part 2 of 2

Part 1 of our information security article focused on defining and discussing the importance of a proper security posture for small and medium-sized businesses. Now let’s review the potential costs of doing so.

Is infosec possible for budget-minded businesses?
If hiring a full-time chief information security officer (CISO) or information security analyst is too expensive, and employees don’t have the time or knowledge to handle infosec themselves, what are SMBs to do? Some mistakenly believe that moving their IT operations to a public cloud provider like AWS or Microsoft Azure will take security problems off their plate. This is because many cloud hosting providers have some security and compliance features built in. But are they enough to fully satisfy the standards of actual clients?

Read the entire article on Medium.

InfoSec is Essential for Everyone

InfoSec Essentials on A Budget – Part 1 of 2

The IT Security fears that keep companies up at night are particularly pressing lately in the area of information security — commonly referred to as infosec — which primarily revolves around securing data from unauthorized access. An ever-expanding attack surface, novel threat types, high-profile data breaches in the news and new privacy legislation like GDPR and CCPA have many companies questioning whether they have their infosec act together.

InfoSec Breach Types in 2020

In an exacerbating twist, the escalating squeeze on data security and compliance comes at a time when data analytics to improve marketing, sales and product strategies is all the rage. Many are suddenly unsure about what is okay and not okay in terms of customer data use considering the new privacy legislation. Needing kid gloves to handle data isn’t just the problem of companies in sectors like healthcare and financial services anymore. Thanks to these trends, just about everyone’s grumbling about it.

Read the entire article on Medium.

Outsourcing Funnel

Outsource Time-Consuming B.S. to Accelerate Your Business

Why do businesses outsource? There are more reasons than the chorus of “cost cutting” would have it. Obviously, reducing spend may be one of them, but there are many others. It depends in part on what they are outsourcing. Large corporations may outsource key activities, like manufacturing or supply chain management.

Other businesses and entrepreneurs may outsource peripheral tasks so they can focus more on core competencies. There are many such tasks that go into running the engine of business each day, such as: bookkeeping, accounting, call-center operations, human resources, logistics and shipping, and infrastructure maintenance — or, if you please: a bunch of time-consuming B.S. (that is, business services).

Read the entire article on Medium.

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