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Making Cybersecurity Stick

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It’s pretty well-known that employees are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain; and whether it is through mindless error or malicious intent, workers can potentially leak sensitive data that can bring a company to its knees. A recent Crowd Research Partners report found that many organizations feel vulnerable to insider threats: nearly 90 percent of respondents felt unprepared. This is why it’s so important to train employees in safe cyber practices; however, for it to be effective, cybersecurity training needs to be fun and engaging. Through gamification, organizations are seeing success in making what can be dry material more interesting, and employees are better retaining what they learn in cybersecurity training sessions. Another way to ensure training sticks is to reward positive behaviors that should be repeated. By building a reward system into the training, employees can be encouraged to abide by the rules and practice good behavior. These rewards can be intangible, such as digital badges, or more concrete, like gift cards and company perks.

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