Cybersecurity Expert John Sileo Learned the Hard Way: Organizations Effectively Care About Data Breach When Employees Take Protection Personally

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and yet a majority of organizations will spend their budget on ineffective security training. Here are simple solutions to increase engagement and effectiveness.

"... most training sessions bore their audiences to tears and don't make security personal."

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and many organizations will be hosting security awareness training sessions to educate their rank and file. Unfortunately, very few of these sessions will result in fewer data breaches.


Because most training sessions bore their audiences to tears and don’t make security personal. In fact, if a program focuses first on the critical information assets and devices inside of the organization, it’s probably doomed. Employees, executives and boards are human beings, and they need to know how a data breach can affect them personally before they care about protecting the organization’s coffers. That’s how to create a culture of security.

Data breaches are a growing threat for organizations of all sizes. According to the Ponemon 2018 Cost of Breach Report, last year the average total cost of a breach was $3.86M, up from $3.62M in 2017—an increase of 6.4%.

Cybersecurity expert John Sileo has written the ultimate how-to guide for turbo-charging security awareness training sessions. John is available to the media to elaborate on the guide, give his best tips for successful security training sessions or to discuss anything related to cybersecurity. John got started in cybersecurity when he lost everything, including his $2 million business, to cybercrime.

John Sileo is the founder and CEO of The Sileo Group, a cybersecurity think tank, in Lakewood, Colorado, and an award-winning author and Hall of Fame Speaker who specializes in providing security awareness training. He has shared his experiences on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, and even while cooking meatballs with Rachel Ray. John earned a BS with honors in political science from Harvard University.

For media interviews, contact John directly at 303.777.3221 or through

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