Security education programs that are S.O.C.I.A.L. arm employees with proven and effective techniques and don’t have to cost millions or take an entire team to implement.
Providence, RI (PRWEB) October 21, 2013
Every day, we learn about new ways that attackers are getting their hands on sensitive corporate information, as well as personally identifiable information (PII). While technology can be a credible line of defense, an organization’s employees have the power to make their firms more or less vulnerable to attacks.
A new white paper, Creating a Security Awareness Program that Sticks, from Safelight Security, a leader in security education, examines best practices for ensuring all staff are well trained in information security and privacy awareness so they have both the skills and the security mindset to help protect their organizations.
Safelight recommends that security awareness education should teach employees to be “SOCIAL”: Security-minded, Organized, Conscientious, Inquisitive, Active and Level-headed. “Whether you have 10 or 10,000 employees, security education programs that are S.O.C.I.A.L. arm employees with proven and effective techniques and don’t have to cost millions or take an entire team to implement,” says Lisa Parcella, vice president, educational services, Safelight Security.
The white paper offers organizations a detailed approach to creating a successful security awareness education program. These five guidelines include:
- Stay In-Line: tie program objectives to corporate goals
- Entice Employees: tie program objectives to personal gains
- Inform: create a steady drumbeat of information
- Promote Ongoing Communication: Get everyone involved
- Recognize and Reward: recognize employees for the right behaviors
Organizations can also learn the five things to avoid when implementing a security education program. A free copy of the white paper, Creating a Security Awareness Program that Sticks, is available for download at http://www.safelightsecurity.com/creating-a-security-awareness-program-that-sticks.
In addition, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Safelight Security is offering enterprises two ways they can give their employees the tools to help protect information in their everyday work. With its Information Security Awareness Starter Kit, Safelight Security is making information security communications materials from its Information Security & Privacy Awareness course available via a free download. Safelight Security is also offering a buy one get one (BOGO) offer that includes its entire on-demand Application Security training curriculum for free with the purchase of its Information Security & Privacy Awareness course.
The Safelight Security Information Security Awareness Starter Kit and the Application Security BOGO offer are available through December 31, 2013 at http://www.safelightsecurity.com/national-cyber-security-awareness-month/. For more information about Safelight’s on-demand and instructor-led courses for general staff, development teams and IT staff, visit the company’s Education Programs page.
About Safelight Security
Safelight is a leader in security education—our integration of deep security expertise and innovative approaches to interactive learning sets us apart. We help organizations build comprehensive education programs that go beyond training to measurably shift the way employees think about the value of information and their role in protecting it. We offer a full range of instructor-led and on-demand courses for development, IT and general staff; each role-specific course is part of a larger program designed to cultivate a culture of security across the organization. Learn more at http://www.safelightsecurity.com.
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