While technical cybersecurity controls are a vital part of your organization’s information security framework, they are not in and of themselves sufficient to secure all of your information assets. Effective information security also requires the awareness and proactive support of all employees in order to supplement and make full use of existing technical security controls. This is most obvious in cases of social engineering attacks and fraud schemes which directly target vulnerable humans rather than Information Technology (IT) and network systems. This is becoming even more of a threat as malicious bots are used by bad actors to enhance their phishing campaigns!
Employees lacking adequate information security awareness are more likely to fail in recognizing or reacting appropriately to information security threats and incidents, as well as being more likely to place information in danger through ignorance and carelessness.
Although many organizations currently engage in some form of prescriptive information security training, this training is typically narrowly-focused on one or a few specific topics and delivered at a single point in time. Awareness, however, implies a basic level of understanding about a broad range of information security matters and is best achieved through multiple communication methods over a period of time. Awareness provides the foundation level of knowledge and understanding for training to build upon. In other words, security awareness and actual training examples are BOTH required to effectively reduce the risk of a bad actor infiltrating your system today!
Knowing that 95% of breaches are caused by human error, your organization should consider the following question: how have you addressed the inherent security threat posed by your employees to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data within your technology environment? At PBMares, we know that continuous employee education and benchmarking through simulated phishing schemes is one of the most effective ways of addressing this risk! An on-going security awareness training with built-in phishing simulation attacks enforces the security threats learned by providing real-time threat attacks that you can analyze to better identify the risk threshold of your organization. If you don’t have security awareness training or if you only provide annual security awareness training, let us help you implement our affordable S.H.I.E.L.D. solution. S.H.I.E.L.D. is second to none, offering you a comprehensive training with specialized content for all users. User-friendly experience, robust tracking and analytics, industry-specific training, 700+ training assets, 100+ customizable email templates, unlimited phishing simulations and more! A highly effective approach for meaningful and sustainable workplace changes.