Cybersecurity: 3 ways to educate employees with direct messages

Dar Bonn
By Dar Bonn
Updated May 2, 2023

With all of the news of cyberattacks in the headlines, it’s more important than ever for businesses to educate their employees on cybersecurity. This can be a challenge, especially with already-busy employees just trying to keep up with  their everyday tasks. 

So, how can it be done? One way is to send out emails or memos, but chances are those will just get lost in the shuffle. A better solution is to leverage direct messages. Direct messages are an effective way to capture  everyone’s attention and ensure that your  message is heard loud and clear

How to improve organizational security awareness

Here are three direct message strategies that you can use to improve security awareness in your organization:

#1: Communicate security updates in real-time: Warn employees about cybersecurity threats

There’s always something new happening in cybersecurity. New attacks, evolved threats, supply chain being compromised and whatnot. Keep employees up-to-date by sharing timely updates and guidelines on recent cybersecurity threats. Ensure all employees, no matter where they are, know what to do and take the required steps to protect themselves and your organization. 

Cybersecurity breaking alert

#2 Provide helpful security information or resources: Enhance and track security training and education

Encouraging positive security behavior starts with proper training, however ensuring the entire employee base completes security exams and education lessons is both time consuming and costly. Rather than chasing employees to complete training, provide them with the information they need, when and where they need it. 

Improve their understanding of cybersecurity  by sharing links to articles, privacy policy updates, guides, etc. Basically, make it easy to train employees in the flow of work. By providing relevant resources, you’re making it easy for employees to access information and learn about how they can keep themselves, and your organization, protected. 

Tips and tricks to avoid phishing

#3 Remind employees how to remain secure: Start by updating passwords!

Last but not least, it’s never too early to remind employees of the importance of maintaining good cybersecurity best practices. Even if your employees have received training on cybersecurity, they may not remember everything they learned.

Serve employees with your `monthly security reminder’ on how to keep passwords private, refrain from clicking on suspicious links, check the email address on suspicious emails – and, well, the list goes on and on.

Your weekly security reminder

It’s no secret that employees are overwhelmed with information, so it’s more imperative than ever  that they receive the tools and knowledge they need to stay safe and keep your organization secure. 

Enhancing security education, awareness, and training

Send a customized, contextual message to a segmented group of employees and end users with WalkMe’s desktop notification.

WalkMe’s desktop notifications are a powerful communications tool that can be used for a variety of purposes, including educating your employees about cybersecurity risks and best practices. Improve employee  communication  on the topic of cybersecurity by delivering timely information directly to their desktop. You can even style your own message with your organization’s look and feel, write your own text and send it to a specific group of people in any geography. 

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Dar Bonn
By Dar Bonn
An experienced marketer and cyber security specialist, Dar is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at WalkMe. Dar is highly experienced in driving business growth through sophisticated go-to-market (GTM) strategies, product positioning, and persona-based messaging. In her previous roles, Dar led marketing for IBM Security Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Finance. She holds an MBA with honors, majoring in Marketing & Strategy. In her free time, she promotes women representation in tech.