The White House has issued a “Statement by President Biden on our Nation’s Cybersecurity” calling on the private sector to “harden [their] cyber defenses immediately.” Among other things, the March 21, 2022, Statement and accompanying fact sheet urge employers to "train and educate employees" on cybersecurity awareness, given the increased risk of Russian cyberattacks.
The White House Statement notes that "evolving intelligence [indicates] that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks." While indicating that the federal government is taking action to protect the nation from cyberattacks, the White House Fact Sheet acknowledges that "much of the Nation’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and the private sector must act to protect the critical services on which all Americans rely."
The fact sheet states that companies should urgently "educate [their] employees on common tactics that attackers will use over email or through websites." Companies should also encourage their employees "to report if their computers or phones have shown unusual behavior, such as unusual crashes or slow operation."
In addition to providing training, the fact sheet asks companies to execute the following steps "with urgency”:
How Clear Law Institute Can Help
Clear Law Institute’s customized Cybersecurity Awareness and Data Privacy Training course educates employees and helps protect businesses from costly attacks. This course teaches employees the knowledge they need to understand and avoid cyber threats through practical examples.
By educating employees on security threats and how to report data breaches, employers are reducing the risk of such attacks and the crippling impact they can have on the workplace. That makes this type of training vital for every employer.
Learn more about Clear Law Institute’s online training, Cybersecurity Awareness and Data Privacy Training.
In addition to our cybersecurity awareness course, Clear Law also provides quarterly cybersecurity micro-learning modules to keep employees up to date with new and evolving threats. Each 3-5 minute module teaches employees about a recent cyberattack and the steps they could take to stop such attacks from happening to them.
Clear Law also provides clients with quarterly Simulated Phishing Tests. These harmless simulated phishing emails test whether employees fall for phishing schemes, as we track who opens and clicks on links in these emails. Employees who fall for such attacks are provided remedial instruction.
About the Author
Michael Johnson, CEO of Clear Law Institute, is a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney. Michael has provided compliance and diversity training and consulting for organizations around the world such as Google, FedEx, the United Nations, and the World Bank. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.
California’s Privacy Protection Agency is finally making moves on regulations that have been years in the making. The current draft regulations are an incredibly detailed set, covering everything from how notices should be worded to how consumer opt-out requests should be handled.Read More
Employers must take steps to protect themselves and their employees from data hacks and cybersecurity breaches. The best way to do so is to provide their employees with cybersecurity awareness training.Read More