Kaspersky launches security awareness training platform
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. With staff training seen as an important way to reduce cybersecurity incidents, finding the most efficient approach remains a pain point for many IT departments. To help companies address the issue, Kaspersky Lab has developed an Automated Security Awareness Platform to make it even easier for companies to ensure staff are armed with the very latest skills and knowledge. The online service aims to help companies boost the cyber-awareness of their employees enhancing training efficiency with micro learning, different lessons formats and continuous reinforcement.
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;
“Our aim was to create an easy-to-manage, web-based tool that would help companies balance security competence levels for different groups of employees. Through a micro-learning approach and automated learning paths we hope to engage staff as well as ensure easy acquisition of skills and prevent obliteration. This approach is particularly relevant for small businesses, which do not have experienced staff or resources to manage an efficient security awareness program,” says Slava Borilin, Security Education Program Manager, Kaspersky Lab.
The platform is available in English, German, Italian, Russian, French and Spanish. Arabic and Dutch language are coming later this year.