Training takes centre stage with Mimecast

Training takes centre stage with Mimecast
Companies are not preparing for the human factor in cybersecurity, says Ogden.
Published: 15 October 2018 - 10:04 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Mimecast is showcasing its new cybersecurity awareness training program at GITEX Technology Week 2018.

The training service came through the acquisition of Ataata, a security awareness training and cyber risk management platform that helps organisations combat information security breaches caused by employee mistakes.

Just 11% of companies globally are training their people, yet 95% of security breaches emanate from human error, observed Jeff Ogden, GM for Middle East at Mimecast.

A major shortcoming in training videos is that they are often stuffy, putting off a lot of employees. The founders of Ataata did a lot of research into the science of content, making sure that the content the company produces is engaging with the trainees over the long term. This was a key decision why Mimecast acquired the company, said Ogden.

Ataata combines interactive training techniques with predictive analytics to solve organisations' vulnerability to human error. Employees receive a video each week and are then required to answer a question after watching the content. The result is used to measure the particular employee's security awareness level and delivers a risk score throughout the year.

"The platform offers CISOs real data that they can use to make decisions about security awareness in terms who the security-adept employees are and those that are a security risk," explained Ogden. 

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