In broad terms, you could think of security awareness training as making sure that individuals understand and follow certain practices to help ensure the security of an organisation. From this perspective, security awareness training has been around practically forever, especially when you consider the need for security in military applications.
Today, security awareness training emphasises information security, and especially cybersecurity. Rapid advances in information technology — and parallel innovations by cybercriminals — mean that employees and other end users need regular, specific training on how to stay safe online and protect their information and that of their employers.
This article is an introduction to security awareness training: why organisations use it, how it has evolved over the years, and how it helps to reduce the threat of cyberattacks and other security breaches. Finally, we’ll introduce some tools for creating an effective security awareness program.
How Effective is Security Awareness Training?
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Creating a Security Awareness Training Program
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