In checking out the website of the Ponemon Institute — an independent agency that conducts research on privacy, data protection, and information security policies — I didn’t need to dig any deeper than the home page to uncover research findings that highlight the need for effective security awareness training:
- 51% of CEOs surveyed say their company experiences cyber attacks hourly or daily
- 60% of employees circumvent security features on their mobile devices
- 80% of CEOs surveyed believe good data protection increases brand or marketplace image
Here’s another point that requires no research to confirm: Each employee in your organization is a potential penetration point for your network, your systems, and your data. Whether a breach is physical or electronic, accidental or intentional, major or minor…it’s still a breach. Sure, you could fire all your employees. But why not change behaviors instead?
Assess, Train, Measure, Repeat
At Wombat, we focus on awareness and training, using methodologies based on research at Carnegie Mellon University and proven through our customers’ success rates. That and is a critical distinction; we don’t just make employees aware that threats exist, we teach them how to recognize threats and act accordingly to keep data and systems secure.