Social engineering attacks continue to be the leading cause of compromised networks and data breaches. Today, organizations of all sizes are susceptible to these attacks and are vulnerable to social engineering schemes such as phishing, spear phishing, CEO Fraud and ransomware attacks. Why? In large part because their employees continue to be the weakest link in their network security and are untrained and unaware of the security risks they may fall victim to by the bad guys.
So, where do you start to find out how security-aware your end users are? How do you measure proficiency apart from your regular phishing security tests? Where do you begin to get a baseline of what your users know or don’t know when it comes to keeping your organization safe from social engineering attacks? And, how do you measure a combination of what your users know and how much they really care when it comes to keeping themselves and your organization safe from these attacks?
We are excited to introduce two new assessment capabilities – the Security Awareness Proficiency Assessment and the Security Culture Survey. You now have the ability to send a skills-based assessment and a security culture survey to your users from your KnowBe4 console.
Both assessments are strongly based in assessment science and allow you to measure the security knowledge and proficiency of your users and measure your organization’s overall security culture posture. You can use the assessment and survey to monitor over time how successful your security awareness training program increases your users’ security knowledge and sentiment toward a security-aware culture.
With KnowBe4 Assessments you can:
- Provide a more custom training program to your users based on their proficiency levels, including the ability for users to “test out” of training they don’t need. The assessment scores give you a way to personalize the training according to knowledge gaps and meets your users where they are in knowledge and skills.
- Gain greater insight on your baseline security posture in terms of training and overall awareness with recommended actions to improve.
- Track measurable metrics to show improvement over time - both in knowledge and sentiment when it comes to security awareness.
Based upon your assessment results, you can drill into the knowledge areas where your users need improvement, and see a filtered query of recommended training in the KnowBe4 ModStore. With the KnowBe4 Smart Groups feature, you can automatically enroll high-risk users and deliver targeted training to those users and customize their training experience to improve in areas of weakness or vulnerability. The Security Awareness Proficiency Assessment and Security Culture Survey are available to current KnowBe4 customers across all training subscription levels at no charge.
For details on how the Assessments work, visit the KnowBe4 Support Knowledgebase: