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3 May 2019updated 09 Sep 2021 3:17pm

Companies are only as strong as their weakest link

The CEO of AwareGO explains why humans should be a critical consideration in achieving cyber resilience.

By Ragnar Sigurdsson

Barely a day goes by without news of cyber crime; from digital fingerprints, passwords and other private information being stolen by people with bad intentions, to elaborate email scams and ransomware attacks directed at companies worldwide. With ever-increasing cyber threats, the importance of good defence systems and preventive measures has increased. Firewalls and data encryption will get you so far but technical solutions alone are not enough to mitigate the risks. Studies show that the vast majority of breaches rely on human errors.

Despite advances in technology, cyber security is now first and foremost about people. Cyber security fundamentals need to be incorporated into the education system and people need to be trained, educated and made aware of the threats so that they remember and act correctly when it matters the most. With all this new technology, data thieves and hackers now rely almost exclusively on unsuspecting people to carry out their attacks. This means that no matter how up-to-date your systems and firewalls are, you might actually be the weakest link when it comes to your own cyber security. It only takes one unaware employee to breach a company and carry out an attack that could end up costing millions.

AwareGO is a cloud-based cyber security awareness system that offers unique content designed to keep up the cyber security awareness level. Companies can start awareness campaigns within minutes with the simple and intuitive deployment platform and larger corporations can use the platform independent player to run on their own software, whether it is a learning management system, SharePoint, Facebook workplace or other enterprise software. There is no need for costly and time-consuming integration of a new system or long group lectures. This is also an easy way to implement and become compliant with GDPR requirements in the office.

AwareGO borrows from the masters of advertising and uses short story-driven videos to hammer home employee security awareness training at their desk. This way the learning stays top-of-mind and can be easily retrieved right when your employee is confronted with a potential cyber security threat.

A dash of humour is the icing on the cake, not just because security awareness training can be boring, but it has been proven that people retain more learning when it’s fun.

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Many of AwareGO’s clients, particularly in the finance and insurance sectors, also use this new platform and content to educate their own customers about costly threats as a part of their social responsibility efforts. AwareGO’s services can be easily employed in this regard without adding strain or dividing the focus of your marketing department.

AwareGO is the first security awareness company to offer this solution on pay-per-view basis, making it easy for companies to buy a certain amount of views on different subjects, depending on their customer’s needs.

Cyber security is a constantly evolving field and AwareGO releases new videos regularly as new threats arise. It is time we change the cyber security culture from solely relying on new technology to protect us and our businesses from cyberattacks. We need to recognise ourselves as the first line of defence and become better aware of how cyber attacks happen.

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