by Angela Guess
According to a recent press release, “The results of a new survey testing employee data privacy and cybersecurity knowledge reveal that 88 percent lack the awareness to stop preventable cyber incidents. MediaPro, recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the 2014 and 2015 Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Training Vendors, surveyed more than 1,000 employees across the U.S. to quantify the current state of privacy and security awareness. The 2016 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report revealed employee knowledge trends across eight risk domains, ranging from working remotely to identifying phishing attempts, and assigned three risk profiles indicating employees’ privacy and security awareness IQ. These risk profiles are Risk, Novice, and Hero, and are based on the number of proper behaviors correctly identified. The more correct behaviors an employee can identify, the less of a privacy or security risk they represent.”
The release goes on, “Key findings include: 16 percent of respondents scored low enough to warrant a ‘Risk’ profile by exhibiting behaviors that put their organizations at serious risk for a privacy or security incident. 72 percent of respondents were given a ‘Novice’ profile, meaning they understand the basics but are dangerously close to one wrong decision or mistake leading to a security or privacy incident. Only 12 percent of respondents were given a ‘Hero’ profile, indicating a strong knowledge of security and privacy best practices, and are likely well-prepared to deal with many cyber threats.”
Steve Conrad, MediaPro’s founder and managing director, commented, “This survey clearly shows the human threat vector is still largely unsecured, and most organizations don’t really know whether their employees have the necessary level of data protection awareness to avoid preventable incidents… We invite more organizations and their employees to take this free survey to give them a clearer picture of their human-based risk areas.”
Read more at Business Wire.
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