Security is a major topic with discussions constantly circulating both small business and enterprise-level organizations. With each new technological transformation that aims to create better workflow and internal efficiencies, similarly, comes sophisticated advances of breaches induced by hackers and other vulnerabilities. While exciting changes propel worker productivity into the future, saving organizations time and money, failing to prioritize security could easily be a detriment to the forward motion new processes introduce.

Data security can be a point of dread for leaders and business owners, inciting guilt and often avoided by those without a thorough understanding of just how important a security plan may be. There is a reason why admonitory articles circulate the internet warning businesses of cyber threat and insider risks—they are very real and statistic after statistic will confirm and magnify their fears. Most organizations employ security officers, compliance professionals, and IT management teams to regulate the risks associated with sensitive data and company information. This is a great strategy, but only a starting point in the steps needed to improve your security posture.

Introducing an LMS to enhance your security efforts has become an elemental step in creating a security awareness program for your employees that empowers them to be productive. An LMS can be an important tool in striking a balance between data protection and maintaining a high level of productivity.

Implement an LMS for Learning and Defense

A more dynamic strategy includes every member of an organization becoming involved in their security efforts. A company-wide outlook is critical in creating a secure atmosphere while continuing to stay active and competitive in your industry. One of the best ways to create a strong defensive strategy is to keep employees informed on the latest policies, compliance regulation standards, and comprehensive training relative to their individual job functions and overall goals of the organization through the implementation of a secure learning management system (LMS).

Learning management systems have become a popular addition to organizations that deal with sensitive client and company information. Creating a work environment where employees are responsible for assigned training regarding compliance and other perfunctory job tasks is easily achieved with an integrative system that queues, notifies, and tracks employee progress through the entire training process. It is easily one of the most important tools to ensure a high level of knowledge and accountability—your first line of defense.

Cybersecurity best practices go beyond your IT department. With an LMS, you gain the opportunity to drive widespread organizational change through targeted training. With more knowledge in security and other regulatory standards, you have an opportunity to impact your position much more comprehensively.

Create a Company Culture with Improved Security with LMS

Employee training is an ongoing, dynamic process that should not only address initial training, but should have the capability to evolve as information becomes available and relevant to your unique needs as an organization. A culture of continuous learning proliferates top-grossing companies, stimulating an environment of active communication about materials and an expectation of greater job performance following training and testing current applicable information. An LMS is a valuable resource in promoting a healthy learning culture. By rewarding employees with job-specific certification and engaging content that is up to date and intentional, you can develop a healthy expectation among employees while maintaining a user-friendly platform that can be monitored and improved upon as team members work through assigned training.

Engagement from leaders and management is a great way to keep a pulse on how the rest of a team may be doing. A secure LMS allows managers and administrators to customize and update content and assign training as needed to constantly improve the working levels and security knowledge necessary to protect their organization from outside hackers and insider threats alike. It allows management efficiency which translates into freeing up time to do other things.

This people-centric measure of security assurance is certainly your front runner in creating a security plan for your business. However, you should start by ensuring your system includes some basic security features.

Security Points to Look for in an LMS

As with any software or product, no matter how secure it’s advertised to be, its features only go so far—the user must employ procedures and safe policies for a secure experience. With that said, it helps to make sure your LMS has these essential safety features from the get go.

Careful attention should be paid to how an LMS implements security controls when it comes to picking a system. The operation and design of the infrastructure and services offered should be aligned with your security goals.

There should be security policies for the end user of the LMS. Make sure your LMS has user management configuration. It’s important that you control who has access to important company data. Within the user setup, there should be customizable options that allow an administrator to assign user access. By having the ability control who has access to what data, you can drastically minimize the potential for vulnerability by protecting confidential company information.

Network security is arguably the most important aspect of the LMS that you choose. LMS software on the cloud will always be vulnerable to attack, and network security is key to a prevention strategy. A common approach to managing security within a network is through the use of layered firewalls, among other strategies. Firewalls support a system to filter traffic between web communication, application, and data tiers.

An encrypted, secure connection should be a prerequisite of obtaining access to the LMS to safeguard any data exchanged between the LMS servers and an LMS user’s PC. Other points of safety to look out for when deciding on an LMS are disaster recovery functions, physical access security policies, and environmental safeguards. There is a threat of losing data when employing any software and it is important to make sure that the LMS you use has backup features and that all data centers hosting the system are tested, supported, and monitored constantly. It’s not uncommon for data centers to be monitored 24×7, a necessary precaution for LMS hosting.

Digital Forge offers cybersecurity assessments and packages that meet the individual needs of every business, no matter your size or industry. Contact us today for more information, call us at (877) 369-1831 or email info@dfcyber.com.