Expectations vs. Reality: Five Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Awareness

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Computer-Based Training

Expectation: We can knock out security training in a one-and-done computer-based training (CBT).

Reality: Effective training requires consistent reinforcement and exposure to real-world scenarios.

Try this: Think of CBT as one of many tools in your tool box. Realistic phishing tests that show what it is like to get phished and how to report it will help employees better understand security processes and emphasize positive security practices.

Raising awareness and training employees on cybersecurity is hard. It's draining. It's thankless. And all too often, it's ineffective. A big part of the problem is that IT approaches it with unrealistic expectations, and with tactics and messaging that may resonate with them, but not their audience. As a result, there's often a disconnect between the security team's motivations and priorities and those of the rest of the company.

In an ideal world, IT would be recognized by management and co-workers as the esteemed guardians of the system and sage-like purveyors of critical knowledge they clearly are. The reality is a little bit different. However, security experts can take steps to bridge the gap and help to reinforce best practices among their colleagues. In this slideshow, Jack Danahy, co-founder and CTO of Barkly and 25-year veteran of the security industry, has identified steps you can take to improve cybersecurity in your organization.

 

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