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Thursday, September 17, 2020

WFH lessons: employees “confidently” make 90% of all security awareness mistakes —Kaspersky

09/14/2020 04:12:04 PM

There is one key lesson for today's employees: be aware of their devices.

Kaspersky and Area9 Lyceum recently held a free security awareness training on remote working. And after the course, both parties found out that participants enact correct responses 66% of the time. However, even when learners were wrong, they mostly remained confident in their competences. The most difficult learning objectives proved to be virtual machines, updates, and reasons why people should use corporate IT resources even while working outside the office.

Because of the pandemic, many companies switched to remote working.  It became more evident by the spring season. As a result, the change of working locations affected corporate security through a growing number of web-based attacks, coronavirus-related phishing, as well as the increased use of shadow IT. 

To help businesses improve their staff cybersecurity skills, Kaspersky and Area9 Lyceum released at the beginning of April 2020 an adaptive learning course for those transitioning to at-home working, covering the basics of secure remote operations.

Analysis of anonymized learning results revealed that remote staff tends to overestimate the level of their knowledge of cybersecurity basics. In 90% of cases when learners selected a wrong answer, they evaluated their feelings toward the given response as “I know it” or “I think I know it”. This was revealed through an adaptive learning methodology, which asked learners to assess their levels of confidence in responses, as well as answer the test questions.

In its press release, Kaspersky said that the study also identified the most difficult learning objectives— the hardest being reasons why to use virtual machines. As many as 60% of the given answers were wrong on this matter, with 90% of respondents falling into the “unconscious incompetence” category. This means that mistaken learners were still sure that they had selected the right answer or option.

More than half of responses (52%) to questions about reasons why employees should use corporate IT resources (such as mail and messaging services or cloud storage) when working from home was incorrect. In 88% of cases, remote employees thought that they could explain this correctly. Almost the same proportion of mistakes (50%) was made when answering a question about how to install software updates. In this case, a staggering majority of 92% of those who had provided wrong answers, believed they had that required skill.

“If employees see no danger in risky actions, let’s say, in storing sensitive documents in personal storage, they are unlikely to seek advice from IT or IT Security departments. From this perspective, it’s hard to change such behavior, because a person has an established habit and may not recognize the associated risks. As a result, ‘unconscious incompetence’ is one of the most difficult issues to identify and solve with security awareness training,” said Denis Barinov, Head of the Kaspersky Academy.

To learn more about how the adaptive learning approach can be applied to make employees behave more securely, please visit the official  Kaspersky Adaptive Online Training web page.

Author: slickmaster | © 2020 The SlickMaster's Files

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