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Expectations vs. Reality: Five Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Awareness

  • Expectations vs. Reality: Five Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Awareness-

    Be Clear

    Expectation: We speak the same language.

    Reality: We might as well be speaking Blorg.

    Try this: Educating your colleagues doesn't mean that they will become security experts. Avoid acronyms and jargon-heavy emails. Be clear and concise when explaining security warnings employees should watch for, and provide simple instructions for how they should handle them.

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Expectations vs. Reality: Five Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Awareness

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    Be Clear

    Expectation: We speak the same language.

    Reality: We might as well be speaking Blorg.

    Try this: Educating your colleagues doesn't mean that they will become security experts. Avoid acronyms and jargon-heavy emails. Be clear and concise when explaining security warnings employees should watch for, and provide simple instructions for how they should handle them.

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.