Staff Training

Trained staff are vital to your organisation's cyber resilience

There is so much cyber security advice available these days, many people find it hard to know where to start. This section aims to provide support businesses, charities and individuals with signposting and access to simple, free and trusted training resources and guidance to protect and keep themselves safe online at work and in their personal lives.

Some organisations struggle to explain why cyber security is something that all staff should care about. Even larger organisations (with dedicated training resources) find it difficult to explain the technical aspects of cyber security in ways that are relevant to their staff, so that they can help keep their organisations (and themselves) safe from cyber attack.

Equally, many SMEs and charities, particularly very small organisations, may not have the resources to put any cyber security policies and training in place at all, leaving staff, their frontline defence, more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The training is primarily aimed at SMEs, charities and the voluntary sector, but can be applied to any organisation, regardless of size or sector. It's been deliberately designed for a non-technical audience (who may have little or no knowledge of cyber security), with tips that complement any existing policies and procedures.

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To help with this, NCSC Staff Cyber Training explains why cyber security is important and how attacks happen. This e-learning training package is free and takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

The four key areas covered:

  • defending yourself against phishing
  • using strong passwords
  • securing your devices
  • reporting incidents

The Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Unit have produced an interactive staff Training Guide which complements the NCSC’s training package, ‘Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff’.

This training guide is aimed at those who lead on training in an organisation and helps them teach non-technical staff the cyber fundamentals, providing access to practical exercises to support training.

The guide includes:

  • Cyber topics to teach your staff
  • Resources and links to training available
  • Awareness raising materials from trusted partners

Learning programmes currently available through formal learning routes, online learning and commercial suppliers can be found at:

The Cyber Security Body Of Knowledge (CyBOK)

A comprehensive Body of Knowledge to inform and underpin education and professional training for the cyber security sector.

The CyBOK project aims to bring cyber security into line with the more established sciences by distilling knowledge from major internationally-recognised experts to form a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge that will provide much-needed foundations for this emerging topic.

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