The latest data from eSecurityPlanet highlights that organizations have a lot of work to do to ensure they are secure in the face of a shortage of cybersecurity professionals.
Security is not only a primary focus for most organizations, but a material portion are still playing “catch-up”, according to eSecurity Planet’s 2019 State of IT Security survey. Even with current state of attacks showing increases in attack frequency, and new compliance mandates – such as the CCPA and Ohio Data Protection Act – requiring organizations to already have security in place to protect consumer data, many organizations still are not ready. According to the report:
- 33% are not prepared for security threats
- 54% need to increase their security spending
- 57% need to hire additional security staff within the next year
These stats don’t bode well for organizations believing they are “well-prepared”. When you need more budget and more staff, the 66% that believe they are ready likely aren’t.
One of the most effective ways to augment your organization’s stance against cyberattacks is to leverage Security Awareness Training. Providing needed security education for users, Security Awareness Training makes the user become a part of your security efforts; spotting suspicious emails, links, and attachments before becoming a victim. This, in conjunction with a layered security strategy, protects the organization against phishing attacks using social engineering, and other cybercriminal activity targeting your users as the point of entry.