Kaspersky Lab launches new training programme

Half of companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia blame employees for lapse in their IT security strategy

Staff training seen as an important way to reduce cybersecurity incidents.
Staff training seen as an important way to reduce cybersecurity incidents.

Kaspersky Lab has launched a cybersecurity learning programme to make it easier for companies to improve cybersecurity awareness among staff.

According to a 2017 Survey by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 57% of companies in the UAE and 42% in KSA attributed weaknesses in their IT security strategy to the careless actions of employees. While staff training seen as an important way to reduce cybersecurity incidents, finding the most efficient approach remains a pain point for many IT departments.

The Kaspersky Automated Security Awareness Platform (ASAP) is a new web-based learning system which automates cyber-awareness training for companies of any size. The platform helps businesses to address gaps in employees’ cybersecurity skills and knowledge, with each lesson taking less than 10 minutes to complete. ASAP can be used to bolster the cyber-hygiene of employees with different risk levels - from basic to advanced – through an automated learning path which allows them to progress at their own pace. 

The platform includes specific exercises to strengthen over 350 skills, with training levels ranging from beginning to advanced’, to suit different profiles. For example, one member of staff might only need to have a grounding in cybersecurity, which can be gained through the ‘beginner’ level, taking just a few months to complete. However, a senior manager who works with confidential information will need to know how to keep data secure across the whole department, requiring a higher level of cybersecurity knowledge. In this instance more advanced level is appropriate.

Sessions last between just two and 10 minutes (micro learning), with methodology based on key psychological and educational practices. Taking into consideration the peculiarities of human memory, repeated reinforcement helps to build strong skills retention and prevent obliteration;

Gamification makes the training is engaging and is based on real life events. It draws on users’ practical interests and highlights the personal importance of cybersecurity for employees, to ensure skills are not rejected.

The Kaspersky Automated Security Awareness Platform allows companies to set measurable goals that can be clearly monitored in an online dashboard. Easy reporting means that updates and actionable reports are available to the management team as required.

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