Employees Would Simply Rather Not with Boring Security Awareness Training, New Research Finds
BOTHELL, Wash., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In news surprising no one, a new survey of 1,000 U.S. employees has found that boring security awareness training doesn't make them want to be secure.
"Our research found that users who found training to be 'very interesting' were more than 13 times more likely to make fundamental changes in the way they think about security compared to those who found the training to be 'boring'," said Michael Osterman, researcher and president of Osterman Research, who conducted the study.
The research supports the claim that employees get far more benefit out of interesting and engaging training, joining facts such as "the sky is blue," and "water is wet."
As users receive more security awareness training, their ability to effectively deal with security threats increases, the report found. The "before-and-after" picture displays that users who are properly trained are much more likely to spot phishing attempts, business email compromise, and other cybersecurity threats than are their untrained colleagues.
The study, Security Awareness Training as a Key Element in Changing the Security Culture, surveyed both everyday employees and IT managers and decision makers to gauge opinions on the current state of security training and awareness. The work was co-sponsored by training and awareness firm MediaPRO, who wouldn't know how to produce boring training if you gave them directions.
Other key takeaways from the report include:
"Good security awareness training should get and keep your attention. That's what it means to be engaging," Plaggemier continued.
As lots of scary industry research continues to find, cybersecurity technology alone is not enough to keep businesses secure. Bad guys go after employees; plain and simple. Equipping them with the know-how to turn away cyberattacks means engaging security training that speaks their language and tells them what they need to know; no more, no less. The full report can be found here: https://www.mediapro.com/report-security-awareness-training-key-element-security-culture/
For a deep dive into the report without having to read anything, sign on to a live Sept. 30 webinar at 10 a.m. PT featuring Osterman President Michael Osterman and MediaPRO Chief Learning Officer Tom Pendergast via the BrightTALK platform: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/18147/439546?utm_source=MediaPRO&utm_medium=brighttalk&utm_campaign=439546
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