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10 Ways to Improve Security Awareness on a Tight Budget

Published: 01 July 2016

ID: G00307789

Analyst(s): Perry Carpenter, Joanna Huisman

Summary

There is a perception that it takes significant funding to design an effective security awareness program. But with few resources and a lot of creativity, security professionals can build a program that will reinforce behaviors critical to protecting systems, employees and intellectual property.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Strategy 1 — Use Easy and Highly Visible Messaging for Your Intranet and Systems
    • Intranet Banners
    • Login Messages
    • Blocked Websites
  • Strategy 2 — Hold Online Meetings
    • Webinars
    • Industry Experts
  • Strategy 3 — Show That Security Professionals Are Human Too
    • Security Expert Videos
    • Security Mailbox
    • Security Town Hall
    • Blogging
  • Strategy 4 — Leverage Free Materials
    • Free Content
  • Strategy 5 — Get People Involved
    • Photo Contest
    • Gamified Cubicle Station
    • Phishing Email Contest
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Shredding Day
    • Destroy/Donate Day
  • Strategy 6 — Use Positive Reinforcement/Rewards
    • Good Behavior Notes
    • Employee Reward Points
    • Phishing Certificates
    • Lunch With the CEO
  • Strategy 7 — Stay Top-of-Mind
    • Daily/Weekly Tips
    • Security Calendar
    • Manager Talking Points
    • Manager Tabletop Exercises
  • Strategy 8 — Make It Personal
    • Family Safety Pledge
    • Evening Webinar
    • Securing Home Technology
  • Strategy 9 — Make Security Viral
    • Create a Group of Security Advocates
    • Internal Twitter/Social Media Feeds
    • Fun Viral Videos
  • Strategy 10 — Use Natural Interaction Points With Technology

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