Ragnar Sigurdsson

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What Is Cyber Security Awareness?

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Cybersecurity awareness is more than simply knowing about cyber threats. It’s a series of trainings, policies, and actions that lead to a higher level of security in your business or organisation.

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Topics: awareness training, cyber security, security awareness

4 Key Facts You Need to Know before You Start Your Security Awareness Training

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Security awareness training is vital for businesses of all sizes.

Many businesses rely on software and policies to keep their data secure, but that’s not enough. According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of hacking related breaches used weak or stolen passwords.

It’s simple: Employees are the biggest gap in your security wall. No matter how great your software is, it only takes one person to click the wrong link, and you have a massive security breach that costs an average of $100,000 to recover from.

A security awareness training program is key to helping employees understand how to avoid problems and how not to be the person who puts the entire network at risk.

Here are 4 important facts that you need know before you start your security awareness training program.

 

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Making Security Awareness Training Agile: a 21st Century Guide

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Security awareness training is part of life in the connected world of the 21st century. Integrating security awareness training with your company’s policies and culture is the only way to make sure it works well for your needs.

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AwareGO featured in leading cybersecurity source Cybersecurity Ventures

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Cybersecurity Ventures, a world leading researcher, leading online publication on the global cyber economy and cybersecurity information source recently featured AwareGO in an article titled "60-Second Videos Prove Effective for Training Employees On Security Awareness".

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Topics: security awareness

Ransomware - What you need to know

Posted by Ragnar Sigurdsson

You hear about it all the time, from your tech people to the evening news. Ransomware seems to be everywhere and it seems like there’s a new and nastier version every day. 

The truth is that ransomware is very popular with criminals and it can be very difficult to beat once you’re infected. 

It is possible to prevent ransomware from getting onto your network in the first place and perhaps reset your system if you do get infected.

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Topics: awareness training, ransomware, GDPR, awareness month

The Top 10 Security Awareness Topics

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Security Awareness training is essential for companies but can be a daunting task. 

Recently the new General data protection regulation (GDPR) took effect in Europe.  Compliance is necessary for all companies and this new regulation makes it mandatory for many companies to assign a dedicated Data Protection Officer (DPO) to handle their data security affairs.  

There are a lot of things to consider with regards to GDPR, security awareness training for your employees being one of the most crucial things. That's where we can help.

It is crucial that all your people are aware of the cyber security threats out there. 

To give you an idea of what kinds of things your organisation is dealing with, here is my Top 10 list of Security Awareness Topics - the kinds of things everyone in your organisation needs to be aware of today!

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Topics: awareness training, checklist, GDPR, security awareness

AwareGO is at Booth K70 in Infosec London.

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We are attending Infosec Europe at the Olympia hall in London from June 5th - June 7th. 

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Topics: awareness training, infosec, cyber security, GDPR

Is Security Awareness Training getting outdated?

Posted by Ragnar Sigurdsson

 

You are responsible for security awareness training, but you are not a teacher. Am I right?

So why are you responsible for training, when it is your responsibility to protect the company's data?

The truth is, hackers, like most people, tend to choose the path of least resistance when they compromise the security of organisations.
 
This path is very often through people, and cyber security threats are exploited through human behaviour. It is usually the uninformed employees that lead to the breaches.
 
Unfortunately human behaviour is predictable and we are thus vulnerable to attacks.
 
The good news is that through training and awareness the risk from these threats can be reduced.
 
Back to the training part. What you need to understand is that some of your employees are lazy.
 
They might recognize that security awareness training is essential, but they want it to be over as fast as possible.
 
Employees don't want to struggle to read and digest boring security awareness text. They want to be able to understand it quickly and efficiently and continue with their day-to-day job.
 
Just because they want to absorb this content quickly doesn't mean quick training programs are ineffective.
 
A video, however, is a tool that can take your security training from boring to exciting.
 
30 seconds of video is capable of conveying much more information than any text.
 
Videos have been used for marketing purposes for some time now. According to HubSpot, video is here to stay [1]. YouTube is also the world's second largest search engine, which supports that.
 
According to an  report from HubSpot Research, 54% of consumers want to see videos from brands they support. [1]
 
 
So it's strange, then, that some people don't understand how useful it is to include videos in their training program.
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Topics: GDPR, security awareness, data protection officer, dpo, video training, awareness training

6 ways to recognise phishing emails and how to avoid being scammed

Posted by Ragnar Sigurdsson

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity.

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Topics: cyber security, phishing, security awareness, email security

The 2018 Security Awareness checklist

Posted by Ragnar Sigurdsson

Security Awareness training is essential for companies, but can be a daunting task.  This year the new General data protection regulation (GDPR) will take effect in Europe.  Compliance is necessary for all companies and this new regulation will make it mandatory for many companies to assign a dedicated Data Protection Officer (DPO) to handle their data security affairs.  

Numerous new DPO's will be starting each month on their new jobs, and one of the DPO's main tasks is to handle security awareness training at their company. We know this can be overwhelming when you are starting and it is hard to know where to begin.  So we created a simple checklist for the DPO's to help them get started and help make this process at least a little bit easier.

Currently our list contains 24 subjects that every DPO needs to be aware of, but we will be updating this list on a regular basis.   

If you feel that anything is missing, we would appreciate to the hear from you at info@awarego.com 

Download DPO checklist - Security awareness
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Topics: security awareness, checklist, dpo