Is Your Company’s Cybersecurity Training Working?

Companies are under constant threat of data breaches, making cybersecurity training more important than ever. However, some of the training isn’t sticking. Recent studies show that workers still violate security policies in order to remain productive.

Matt Hamblen writes, “With workplace cyberattacks on the rise, industry experts are pressing businesses to train their workers to be more vigilant than ever to protect passwords and sensitive data and to recognize threats.

“‘It is imperative for organizations of all sizes to instill among employees the critical role they play in keeping their workplace safe and secure,’ said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a group that promotes education on the safe and secure use of the Internet. The group’s members include such major technology companies as Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel, and Microsoft.

“Kaiser made his comments timed with last week’s release of a Dell End-User Security Survey that found that 72% of workers are willing to share confidential company information without regard for proper data security protocols. The survey was conducted online in late February and early March with results from 2,608 professionals in companies with more than 250 workers.

“‘Cybersecurity education needs to be an integral part of the workplace culture,’ Kaiser added. ‘Cybersecurity education doesn’t mean hosting a one-time course or seminar; it means making security a collaborative, continuous cultural initiative.’”

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