43% of C-suite executives and 12% of small business owners (SBOs) have experienced a data breach, according to Shred-it. While businesses are getting better at protecting their customers’ personal and sensitive information, their focus on security training and protocols has declined in the last year. This decline could pose issues for businesses, as 83% of…

The benefits of cybersecurity awareness programs are currently the subject of broad discussion, particularly when it comes to phishing simulations. Nowadays, companies not only invest in IT security solutions, but also in the training of their employees with the goal of making them more conscious of security issues. Already 96 percent of companies conduct security…

82% of IT leaders think their company is at a greater risk of phishing attacks, and 78% believe they are at a greater risk of an insider attack, when employees are working from home, according to a report from Tessian. The research addresses the IT and security challenges companies must overcome to deliver a safe…

Lack of training, career development, and planning fuel the cybersecurity profession crisis

The cybersecurity skills crisis continues to worsen for the fourth year in a row and has impacted 70 percent of organizations, as revealed in a global study of cybersecurity professionals by ISSA and ESG. Cybersecurity profession crisis The top ramifications of the skills shortage for organizations (or cybersecurity teams) include an increasing workload, unfilled open…

Employees are the weakest link in any corporate security system. Anyone whose job it is to protect information systems can confirm: No matter how advanced a security technology is, a careless or clueless employee can always stumble into a way to put the infrastructure at risk. If you recently switched your employees to home-working mode…

The estimated current cybersecurity workforce is 2.8 million professionals, while the amount of additional trained staff needed to close the skills gap is 4.07 million professionals, according to (ISC)2. The data indicates a necessary cybersecurity workforce increase of 145% globally. Cybersecurity workforce skills gap around the world In the UK, the current cybersecurity workforce estimate…

Insights into end-user security awareness and behavior around phishing

Phishing remains a leading concern for organizations worldwide. A new Proofpoint report features analysis of data related to nearly 130 million cybersecurity questions and offers insights into employee knowledge levels across 14 categories, 16 industries, and more than 20 commonly used department classifications. Overall, one in every four questions in the “Identifying Phishing Threats” and…

Cybersecurity skills shortage creating recruitment chaos

Because of the global cybersecurity skills shortage, nearly half of all cybersecurity professionals are solicited to consider other jobs at least once per week. Here’s a quick review of some of the cybersecurity skills shortage data I’ve cited about in recent blogs: 1. According to ESG research from early 2017, 45 percent of organizations claim…