|[January 23, 2013]
New Research from Wisegate Reveals Why Security Awareness is Top Concern of CISOs in 2013
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Austin-based start-up Wisegate,
the peer-based IT knowledge service, released new research from senior
IT security executives that reveals why user security awareness is a top
concern in 2013. In this report, Wisegate shares the perspectives
of CISO members from across industries on why the threat from internal
computer users, in office or mobile, represents one of the greatest
concerns in protecting corporate data.
In a previous Wisegate report titled, "Preparing
for the Top IT Security Threats of 2013," Wisegate CISO members
shared their viewpoints on the top anticipated threats for 2013-and how
to prepare for them. The general consensus among members was that
specific threats-like the latest virus or DDoS attacks against household
name banks - are not the most urgent security concerns to address.
Boiled down, it's 'the user' that represents the most commonly exploited
security vulnerability that will require heightened attention from
CISO's in 2013.
"What emerged from the panel of security experts was an agreement that
there is no one-size-fits-all answer to awareness training," said Tom
Newton, CISO of Carillion Clinic. "CISOs need imagination and
perseverance to get their message across, ad often innovative methods
of training from third-party vendors can be quite helpful. We must
instill in each employee they are ultimately responsible for information
Wisegate's most recent research reveals:
Simple data classification labels are the most effective with end
users. Something simple like "protected" and "unprotected" is a great
place to start.
CISOs need to make themselves more accessible. It encourages employees
to openly share issues, and helps CISOs find out how effective their
The most effective programs use a variety of ways to get the message
out that accommodates different learning styles.
CISOs need to be creative and tap into their in-house experts in
Marketing & Training to help the program be successful.
The introduction of intermediary 'security leads' or security
champions within and from the different departments can help to bridge
that credibility gap between security and user.
Security executives are not alone. Even veteran CISOs are still
figuring this out, and need to leverage help from others inside and
outside their organization to be successful.
Wisegate's report shares specific details of how leading CISOs are
planning to tackle these challenges and what strategies they will
deploy. It also includes targeted polls from the broader Wisegate
community of security experts that demonstrate levels of consensus
around key issues.
"The latest Wisegate report demonstrates the importance of, and
difficulty in, addressing security awareness issues and how the average
computer user has become an open door for cyber criminals to attack
every corporation," said Sara Gates, Founder and CEO of Wisegate.
"Wisegate is focused on providing peer-expert information that will help
CISOs form the right strategies needed to address user vulnerabilities.
Wisegate provides the perfect forum for uniting senior information
security practitioners to tackle the key issues that will help keep
companies one step ahead."
To request a copy of Wisegate's report titled "CISOs Share Innovative &
Practical Ways to Improve Security�Awareness" please visit http://www.wisegateit.com/resources/downloads-security-awareness-report.
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