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SecureAge Studied the US Employees Investing in Cyber Training

According to a new report released this week by cybersecurity firm SecureAge, while most companies increased defensive training in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, some are trailing behind – and many employees are skeptical of their employers’ capacity to defend against attacks. The survey polled 1,000 people in the United States, 600 people in the United Kingdom, and 300 in Japan between July and August 2021. Alarmingly, 40% of U.S. employers indicated their current organization had experienced a cyber assault in the past, with another 7% unclear.

Despite this, one out of every four employees in the United States claimed that their firm did not invest in cybersecurity training during the pandemic. For corporations and their employees alike, the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most fundamentally brutal eras in history. Unfortunately, a new wave of cybersecurity attacks has compounded these day-to-day issues, resulting in a slew of new hazards to organizations and workers.

The findings of this year’s study revealed various concerning patterns ranging from data breach success to training failures and the actions that businesses and employees are doing to create more secure workplaces. Given the pandemic’s impact on cybersecurity – including the strained resources many hospitals faced as a result of patient surges and staff shortages – it’s not unexpected that the majority of businesses in the SecureAge study reported adopting new processes and tools as a result of COVID-19.

Eighty-three percent of companies in the United States indicated they did so mainly to deal with a remote workforce. As a result, two-factor authentication was mandated, a VPN was established, data encryption was used, staff was given security software, and cyber training and education were expanded.

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