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Training takes centre stage with Mimecast

Mimecast puts focus on security awareness training at GITE

Companies are not preparing for the human factor in cybersecurity, says Ogden.
Companies are not preparing for the human factor in cybersecurity, says Ogden.

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.