Human error is a factor in 95% of security breaches, yet organisations still don’t spend enough time on cyber security training. A recent survey found that only 11% of organisations continuously train their staff on how to spot cyberattacks even though its essential for companies to invest in security technology to mitigate incursions and limit the damage of successful attacks as it only takes a single compromised email for a cybercriminal to breach an organisation’s perimeter.
To address the lack of cyber security training globally, Mimecast has acquired cyber security awareness and training company Ataata to measure cyber risk training effectiveness by converting behaviour observations into actionable risk metrics for security professionals.
According to Peter Bauer, chief executive officer and founder of Mimecast, “As cyberattacks continue to find new ways to bypass traditional threat detection methods, it’s essential to educate your employees in a way that changes behaviour. According to a report from Gartner, the security awareness computer-based training market will grow to more than $1.1 billion by year-end 2020. The powerful combination of Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities paired with Ataata’s employee training and risk scoring will help customers enhance their cyber resilience efforts.”
Ataata’s fresh approach to cyber training means the videos are actually fun to watch and data is constantly being captured and transformed into insights for managing risks. The acquisition aims to reduce human error in the workplace and help enable organisations to become more secure by changing the security culture of their employees.
The acquisition will allow customers to measure cyber risk training effectiveness by converting behaviour observations into actionable risk metrics for security professionals. The addition of security awareness training and risk scoring and analysis strengthens Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities.
With the deal, Ataata will offer customers a single, cloud platform that is engineered to mitigate risk and reduce employee security mistakes by calculating employee security risk based on sentiment and behaviour while connecting them with relevant training that is content based on their score and recommended areas for improvement.
The solution is designed to allow security teams to dial up security settings at the employee level by leveraging real-world data to train employees to spot threats that are targeting them today.
“Human error is involved in the majority of all security breaches, and these casual mistakes can cost organisations money, their reputation – and employees, potentially their job,” said Michael Madon, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ataata. “Organisations need to understand that employees are their last line of defence. Cybersecurity training and awareness doesn’t need to be difficult or boring. Training and awareness is needed to help mitigate these internal risks. Our customers rely on engaging content at the human level, which helps to change behaviour at the employee-level. We’re excited to join forces with Mimecast to help customers build a stronger cyber resilience strategy that includes robust content, risk scoring and real-world attack simulation — going way beyond basic security awareness capabilities.”