Security awareness is the knowledge and attitude members of an organization possess regarding the protection of the physical, and especially informational, assets of that organization.
Many organizations require formal security awareness training for all workers when they join the organization and periodically thereafter, usually annually
seeks to teach skills that allow a person to perform a specific function
seeks to focus an individual's attention on an issue or a set of issues
Security awareness training is critical because cyber threats abound in our always-connected work environments. What’s more, threats are continually changing. The common thread for some of the most significant threats today is people, your employees. Hackers know people can provide soft attack surfaces to make their exploits successful.
The point of security awareness training is to equip employees with the knowledge they need to combat these threats. Employees cannot be expected to know what threats exist or what to do about them on their own. They need to be taught what their employers consider risky or acceptable, what clues to look for that indicate threats, and how to respond when they see them.
2020 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report revealed that many employees are unaware of key risk factors relating to data security and privacy. Some employees are misinformed or confused about what risky behaviours are; many don’t understand that cybersecurity is their personal responsibility; and even fewer understand sensitive data privacy best practices.
These days, security is everyone’s responsibility. Even seemingly harmless behaviours or small mistakes can have big consequences. Security awareness training helps get everyone in an organization on the same page, reduces risks and incidents, and helps the entire workforce protect their organization and themselves.