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Knowledge of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Low

Posted on 10.26.2016

It appears that employees don't have much in the way of knowledge when it comes to data privacy and cybersecurity.

A survey from MediaPro, which provides security awareness training, revealed that 88 percent lack the awareness to stop preventable cyber incidents. The report revealed employee knowledge trends across eight risk domains, ranging from working remotely to identifying phishing attempts, and assigned three risk profiles indicating employees’ privacy and security awareness IQ.


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Key findings from MediaPro's 2016 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report include:

+ 16 percent of respondents scored low enough to warrant a “Risk” profile by exhibiting behaviors that put their organizations at serious risk for a privacy or security incident.

+ 72 percent of respondents were given a “Novice” profile, meaning they understand the basics but are dangerously close to one wrong decision or mistake leading to a security or privacy incident.

+ Only 12 percent of respondents were given a “Hero” profile, indicating a strong knowledge of security and privacy best practices, and are likely well-prepared to deal with many cyber threats.

“This survey clearly shows the human threat vector is still largely unsecured, and most organizations don’t really know whether their employees have the necessary level of data protection awareness to avoid preventable incidents,” said Steve Conrad, MediaPro’s founder and managing director. “We invite more organizations and their employees to take this free survey to give them a clearer picture of their human-based risk areas.”

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